My dear friend Luis I. Gomez and his team have developed an innovative technique to detect colon polyps indicative of colorectal cancer. The key point of this technique is that it’s made by a blood test, ie it is not an invasive technique, an obvious advantage In this kind of cancer because might imply an improvement on early diagnosis rates. Another step in the fight against this terrible disease.
Happy and honored to have such a brilliant friend (besides of coreligionist, fellow countryman, and creator and editor of Desde el Exilio, a blog in which I have the honor to contribute my two cents from time to time).
Photos from top to bottom: polycarbonate obtained after denaturation of blood, polymer nets accompanied of polycrystalline structures under optic microscope, and several captures of what you can see through that microscope.
(All pictures kindly provided by the scientist himself)
Article in the Journal of Translational Medicine: Detection of colon polyps by a novel, polymer pattern-based full blood test.
Research is to see what everybody else has seen, and to think what nobody else has thought.
The microscope images above show that DRACO -“Double-stranded RNA (dsRNA) Activated Caspase Oligomerizer”- successfully treats viral infections. In the left set of four photos, rhinovirus (the common cold virus) kills untreated human cells (lower left), whereas DRACO has no toxicity in uninfected cells (upper right) and cures an infected cell population (lower right). Similarly, in the right set of four photos, dengue hemorrhagic fever virus kills untreated monkey cells (lower left), whereas DRACO has no toxicity in uninfected cells (upper right) and cures an infected cell population (lower right).
(I urgently need a flask full of DRACO right now)
Via MIT news