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Scientists have developed quicker detection of biomarkers, a leap forward in early detection for Alzheimer's and cancer - EurekAlert! (article link)

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- All diseases have proteins specifically linked to them called biomarkers.
- This would help doctors increase the success rate of treatment through early intervention and help drug companies develop more effective drugs for these diseases.

"This new strategy uses a probe to 'fish' for likely proteins, selecting them from a crowded blood sample," -- "A microgel on the probe works like a sponge, picking up proteins which have a charge or mass within a certain range." -- "You can do it in one day instead of a few days or even a week," -- "These types of probe would in theory be suitable for different classes of diseases, mainly Alzheimer's and the like, but I also hope they would have applications for cancer."

The Biotechnology Group want to develop biomarker detection techniques further, and are already working on a probe which can select one specific protein, rather than ranges of size or charge.



Scientists make leap forward in early detection for Alzheimer's and cancer
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2010-09/npl-sml090810.php

Scientists at the UK's National Physical Laboratory have developed a new strategy for quicker and more precise detection of biomarkers – proteins which indicate disease. The work could pave the way for new tools to detect early stages of Alzheimer's and cancer at the molecular level.