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Tiny Needles to Fight Cancer

Tue, 08/31/2010 - 8:33pm
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Using a novel laser-based technique, researchers at North Carolina State University have made arrays of tiny, hollow plastic needles that they used to insert fluorescent quantum-dot dyes into skin. Biomedical engineering professor Roger Narayan, who leads the research, says the microneedles and quantum dots, which have been tested on pigs, could be used to diagnose and treat skin cancer, and other chronic diseases.

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