The Half-Hour Cancer Test

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Out at the University of Toronto, a whole lot of men all over the world are about to start cheering like no tomorrow–seems they’ve built a portable device that will accurately diagnose prostate cancer from a urine sample in less time than it takes to order and receive a pizza on a Saturday night.

That’s right–just thirty minutes and this Blackberry sized device will be able to tell you if you’ve got cancer.  No need for biopsies, no need for waiting days on end for lab results, no need for gigantic systems like you see above, just a combination of nanotechnology and biomarker readers working together to start simple, painless, noncomplex diagnostic processes for just about every human condition on earth.

Or that’s the goal, anyway–the device is in the engineering stage and should be ready for use within the next three years.  A fantastic goal, and I hope they make it.


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