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Well it may be possible to prevent the metastasis of tumor cells but as others have said once a tumor has formed it would be almost impossible to utilize the technology because tumors arise from an error in the DNA replication process and apoptosis does not occur properly and so the cells grow out of control. Fat cells tend to have a higher tendency to become tumor cell because they are affected more easily and therefore DNA mutation occurs more often. It would be really hard for this technology to be utilized for viruses because viruses mutate so often and unless it is targeting the lipid layer of viruses it may not even detect many viruses that have attached to cells and taken over. Once a virus has taken over a cell it will often replicate itself and may have mutation in the RNA replication process and so if they are able to get the parent virus the daughter viruses will still be able to bypass the filter. This would probably be a good way to help combat neurological problems in regulating the stimuli that causes the problems. There can be endless possibilities for the uses depending on the cost and size I think with what these wafers will be able to do.
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thats great news great to hear hope it works out and everything goes well.
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Actually, most likely not. Cells are much larger than viruses, so you would have a tough time sorting out HIV.
The HIV virus attaches itself to cells and injects RNA into the cells, effectively commandeering them and turning them against immune system cells. So as far as physical restrictions go, there should be none.

The problem is, HIV-infected rogue cells have no deformities in them to separate them, as cancer cells do.

The largest benefit of this technology isn't actually curing cancer. My title is misleading. What it can do is filter out live cancer cells for further experimentation and treatment. This is beneficial because a lot of cancer research was previously done through mass calculation and really blunt force of possibility, I.E. F@H.
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alot of cancer cells can mutate form fat cells
Where did you hear that? Source?

I'm not familiar with fat becoming cancerous. Lipomas, which are hard rubbery benign lumps of fat cells are common, but are not cancer. Cancer can arise from any cell line in the body but does occur more often in certain cells; the lining of the uterus, the epithelia of the ovaries, lung squamous tissue, the glia of the brain, the breast ductal tissues, testicular tissue, polyps in the colon, melanocytes in the skin, etc. But I am not familiar with fat cells being particularly prone to conversion.

I see this technology being used to diagnose rather than treat cancer. And if you can diagnose earlier, or more accurately, you can save lives or at least extend lifespan.
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So what, Chuck Norris's tears cure cancer also.
    
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