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Researchers have developed a novel device that may one day have broad therapeutic and diagnostic uses in the detection and capture of rare cell types, such as cancer cells, fetal cells, viruses and bacteria. The device is inspired by the long, elegant appendages of sea creatures, such as jellyfish and sea cucumbers.

The study was published November 12, 2012 in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Inspired by jellyfish tentacles, researchers develop a method for capturing rare cancer cells in the blood. Image by Dan90266 under Creative Commons license

Date: 
Friday, November 1, 2013