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New UCF nanotech gives boost to detection of cancer and disease

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(Funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Science Foundation)

Researchers at the University of Central Florida have developed a screening technique that is 300 times more sensitive at detecting a biomarker for colorectal cancer than current methods. The technique uses nanoparticles with nickel-rich cores and platinum-rich shells to increase the sensitivity of an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), a test which measures samples for biochemicals that indicate the presence of cancer, HIV, and pregnancy.