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Sniffing out lung cancer

A sensor consisting of an array of gold nanoparticles can distinguish the breath of lung cancer patients from the breath of healthy individuals without the need to pre-treat or dehumidify the samples.

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Figure 1: Chemical sensors tell the difference between the breaths of lung cancer patients (right; coloured bubbles) and the breaths of healthy ones (blue and grey bubbles).


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Mazzone, P. Sniffing out lung cancer. Nature Nanotech 4, 621–622 (2009).

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