Speedy cancer detector

New technique quickly, cheaply identifies a particularly dangerous form of cancer

By Sid Perkins, 10:55 AM May 23, 2012

A new type of sensor that looks for a certain chemical in blood could help doctors quickly and easily detect one of the deadliest forms of cancer. The sensor so impressed the judges at this year’s Intel International Science and Engineering Fair that it won the $75,000 top prize, awarded on May 18.

The pancreas is a large organ that sits just below your stomach. It secretes a number of chemicals called hormones, including insulin, which helps regulate how the cells in your body process ca...

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