Experiment Interfacing Brain Cells to Graphene Allows Detection of Cancer Cells

Posted on December 30, 2016 by Disability Help Group

Many studies regarding cancer research focus on improving diagnostic tests and early intervention methods. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have recently presented a new diagnostic method of detecting cancer cells that is non-invasive and simple to perform.

The researchers used graphene, a thin material composed of carbon atoms, as an interface to hold brain cells. When the cells connect to the graphene, the charge distribution of the carbon atoms rearranges. Using Raman spectroscopy (a technique researchers use to study graphene) to enhance the visuals, researchers can look at the atomic vibration and energy of each cell.

While testing different cells, the researchers noticed the vibrations differentiate between normal cells and cancer cells. The cancer cell vibrations are more hyperactive than the normal cells, identifying the cancerous areas in a more accurate manner. The researchers reported their findings in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces.

Researchers are now applying the process to mouse models of cancer with already positive results. In the future, researchers hope to use this technique to screen cells removed from patients’ brains during tumor surgery. 

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