Narrator: This is Science Today. The Center for Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence, established at the University of California, San Diego, is one of seven National Cancer Institute centers nationwide. The goal is to develop clinically useful nanotechnology platforms to treat, understand and monitor cancer. Electrical engineer Mihri Ozkan of the University of California, Riverside says her work with micro-electrical arrays - devices 100 thousand times thinner than a human hair - will be part of the project.
Ozkan: So far in our studies, we have identified the differences between a liver cell versus a neuron coming form the brain and connective tissue cells and then cells are coming from the bones. We do have their signature patterns, so we can identify if there are unknown cells and if they are among these ones that we created in the library, we can identify these cells. So, the same principals is going to be applied for detection of healthy versus cancerous and also among different types of cancer cells.
Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.