Monday, October 6, 2014

I'd Like Mine Blueberry Flavored, Please

That's cancer detecting yogurt I'm referring to...from an interesting news release at MIT Technology Review:
Sangeeta Bhatia, a professor at MIT, is working to replace costly and uncomfortable colonoscopies and MRIs with a helping of yogurt followed by a urine test—a cheap method that could improve the early diagnosis of colorectal cancer.
Bhatia is developing synthetic molecules that can be introduced into the body via yogurt, and will interact with cancer in a way that produces telltale biomarkers. These molecules can then be detected easily when passed in urine.
Imagine a world without colonoscopies...this development has the potential to make that a reality. Good on the researchers involved! [ht: Glenn Reynolds]