Warren, agreed, this all sounds cool, detection of cancer, lab on chip, etc. But we have been hearing about these projects for years. Agilent had even a commercial product which I don't think was selling well, perhaps it was too early. I would be really interested in hearing about some substantial technical progress in this field or substantial funding initiative...Kris
@Warren, it's really exciting to see this engineering work! However, I am more concerned about how many people are willing to inject these microfluidic devices into their bodies. On the other hand, a lot of work have been done on different areas including cell counting, DNA detection inside the body! There are social implications to this bio-engineering work!
This is exciting stuff and a wonderful engineering arena, but I am feeling quite unsure as to what the "real" news is within this article. We've seen a lot from many folks regarding various "lab-on-a-chip" activities, and we'll see tons more in the coming many months I expect... so maybe that's not such a big deal. The big news might be what's cost-effectively analyzed if the program is successful. Maybe. The "news" could be the growing list of "partners" in the program in going from MASCOT to Miracle (increase of 2x)... or it could be the shrinking budget; what looks to be half as much investment spread across twice as many partners. Anybody want to clarify for me?
It is interesting to note that the announcement of the European project was made at the Engineering in Medicine and Biology Conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina, giving gravitas to cancer research being a global search endeavor. EE Times is preparing a special digital issue on Medical Electronics in the fall. They would be interested in hearing about global progress in other lab-on-a-chip projects.
As the rising threat from cancer is increasing health concerns day by day in modern societies, more and more breakthroughs in the field of cancer research are the essential need of the hour. It is great to see that the advancement in technology has made it possible to take another step towards faster and more cost-effective diagnosis of cancer. I went to the "Miracle home page" listed in the related links below this article and could get a fair idea about what they intend to achieve through this "lab-on-chip" project. Kudos to the "Miracle" team!