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No symptoms, but could there be cancer? Our chemosensor will detect it!

Many cancers could be successfully treated if the patient consulted the doctor sufficiently early. But how can a developing cancer be detected if it doesn’t give rise to any symptoms? In the near future, suitably early diagnosis could be provided by simple and cheap chemical sensors – thanks to special recognizing polymer films developed at the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw.

A Special Polymer Film Recognizes Molecules of Neopterin
A special polymer film, developed at the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw, recognizes molecules of neopterin. The film is a key element of future cancer detectors.
Credit:IPC PAS, Grzegorz Krzyzewski