Graphene Oxide Microfluidic Chip Captures Cancer Cells

A new chip can trap the one cancer cell in a billion normal cells from a simple blood test. Sunitha Nagrath, assistant professor of chemical engineering at the University of Michigan, and her lab developed the chip with other members of the Translational Oncology team, which seeks to produce technologies for improving cancer diagnosis and treatment that are ready for the clinic. When the team runs a blood sample through the chip, it can catch breast, lung, and pancreatic cancer cells. These cells can then be grown on the chip to learn more about the disease in a specific patient.