Wouldn’t it be really cool if we could greatly improve the evaluation of how diseased tissues respond to therapies? In the article “Designer’ nanodevice could improve treatment options for cancer sufferers” author Marie Daniels talks about how the new “nanodecoder” will just that. The University of Lincoln has put together a team that will be led by Dr. Enrico Ferrari and Dr. Ishwar Singh to engineer and synthesize the two way nanodevice connected by protein in DNA. The nanodevices will be used to identify a biomarker based on its specific shape to resemble DNA and serves a certain function. Daniels claims that with the use of the nanodevice there will be new information gained about tissue responsiveness thus resulting in better treatment options for cancer patients.
The project is being funded by the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange program which had given them a 441,000 Euro grant. The research is currently taking place in the Peptide Suite within the University of Lincoln’s new state-of-the-art Joseph Banks Laboratories. Dr. Singh explains that each nanodevice will be assigned to a molecular probe that can recognize disease biomakers. After researching, conducting experiments, and studying the nanodevice Dr. Singh claims that it will help to expand the current knowledge we have on tissue responsiveness which can be used as a platform to diagnose other cancer and diseases.
The conclusion I reached after reading the article is that there is a revolutionary new device that can greatly increase our present knowledge of cell tissues and how they respond to treatment. This is the another supporting role that will serve to help one day conquer the notoriously known incurable cancer. While reading this article I soon realized the potential of this device has and its impact on the medical field. In class we learned about cancer and multiple other incurable diseases and viruses. A student at my high school was just diagnosed with cancer not long ago and it has made this young teenage feeling of invincibility somewhat dissipate. After doing research and reading many articles I am at ease to know that cancer will be curable and it is not an “if?” question anymore, it is a “when?”