Contact Us

Researchers Create Chip To Dectect Prostate Cancer in Urine

Thinkstock

Scientists from the University of Parma in Italy have developed a chip that would be able to detect a suspected marker of aggressive prostate cancer in urine, which could make cancer testing easier and less invasive.

“If true, the detection of sarcosine in urine opens the door to the early stage detection of prostate cancer using a non-invasive method,” said Enrico Dalcanale, a researcher at the University of Parma.

The newly developed chip contains a special receptor grafted onto a silicone based wafer, which according to its creators can detect sarcosine in urine while ignoring other compounds not linked to cancer.

Dalcanale said that he and his research team are developing an updated version of their cancer detector that will allow testing for sensitivity and make the chip easy to use.  He added that patients could also combine the chips results with prostate specific antigen (PSA) testing, to get a complete and better estimate of ones risk for prostate cancer.

He also said that this same invention could be used to locate other biologically similar compounds found in drugs, neurotransmitters, painkillers, and antidepressants, and the cost of the chip would be in the same price area of a PSA screening.

 

More From Voice Of Amarillo

Best of the Web

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://voiceofamarillo.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on News Talk 940 AM quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here.

Register on News Talk 940 AM quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!