Multicolor Quantum Dots Aid in Cancer Biopsy Diagnosis

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Multicolor Quantum Dots Aid in Cancer Biopsy Diagnosis

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The tunable fluorescent nanoparticles known as quantum dots make ideal tools for distinguishing and identifying rare cancer cells in tissue biopsies, Emory and Georgia Tech scientists have demonstrated.

The tunable fluorescent nanoparticles known as quantum dots make ideal tools for distinguishing and identifying rare cancer cells in tissue biopsies, Emory and Georgia Tech scientists have demonstrated.

An article to be featured on the cover of the July 15 issue of Analytical Chemistry describes how multicolor quantum dots linked to antibodies can distinguish the Reed-Sternberg cells that are characteristic of Hodgkin's lymphoma.

"Our multicolor quantum dot staining method provides rapid detection and identification of rare malignant cells from heterogenous tissue specimens," says senior author Shuming Nie, PhD, the Wallace H. Coulter distinguished professor in the Coulter department of biomedical engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University. "The clinical utility is not limited to Hodgkin's lymphoma but potentially could be extended to detect cancer stem cells, tumor-associated macrophages and other rare cell types."

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Institute and Campus, Cancer Research, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Student and Faculty, Engineering, Life Sciences and Biology, Nanotechnology and Nanoscience, Research, Physics and Physical Sciences
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BME, Emory University, Georgia Tech, IBB, Shuming Nie
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  • Created By: Floyd Wood
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  • Created On: Jul 19, 2010 - 8:00pm
  • Last Updated: Oct 7, 2016 - 11:07pm