October 23, 2013

Nanodiamonds: a cancer patient’s best friend?

Real-time monitoring of cancer cell processes could soon be possible thanks to nanometric scale diamonds used as biosensors

Diamonds are sometimes considered as a girl’s best friend. Now, this expression is about to have a new meaning. Indeed, nanometric scale diamond particles could offer a new way to detect cancer far earlier than previously thought. This is precisely the objective of a research project called Dinamo, funded by the EU. Specifically, it aims to develop a non-invasive nanotechnology sensing platform for real-time monitoring of biomolecular processes in living cancer cells.