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The engineering of some of the test wafers was done by my good friend's father at Princeton.

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Normally we get excited when a slab of silicon makes our games run at 60 frames per-second, but in this case we're impressed with a new chip that filters out cancer cells. The device, created by some impressive souls at Princeton and Boston University, directs and focuses streams of cells in a liquid. Like a change sorter, it then separates regular cells form unusual ones. The silicon wafer is tacked with tiny pillars that catch abnormal cells that are, in the end, potentially cancerous. The device hasn't been used to any major extent, but we'll keep an eye on this promising discovery.
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Hearing about crazy stuff like this makes me feel stupid and naive.
At least it drives me to learn
    
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This sounds like it also may have the potential to filter out HIV/AIDS viruses. Very interesting.
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that is freakin sweet
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Oh noez her nanomachines!
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this is does seem pretty cool and i hope that this is a success for cancer and many other disease.
Edited by nafljhy - 6/8/08 at 7:17pm
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D:


D:


Awesome.
    
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Ever see I Am Legend???
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This sounds like it also may have the potential to filter out HIV/AIDS viruses. Very interesting.
Actually, most likely not. Cells are much larger than viruses, so you would have a tough time sorting out HIV.
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This is awesome news
    
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