Success Stories

The cancer nano-detector

Ludwig MIT scientist Sangeeta Bhatia describes her lab’s creation of a cancer-nano detector so small that it can “listen” for tumor invasion, and shares her dream for making cancer screenings as simple and affordable as a routine urine test.

What if we could find cancerous tumors years before they can harm us — without expensive screening facilities or even steady electricity? Physician, bioengineer and entrepreneur Sangeeta Bhatia leads a multidisciplinary lab that searches for novel ways to understand, diagnose and treat human disease. Her target: the two-thirds of deaths due to cancer that she says are fully preventable. With remarkable clarity, she breaks down complex nanoparticle science and shares her dream for a radical new cancer test that could save millions of lives.


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