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New Biochip Holds Great Promise for Quickly Triaging People After Radiation Exposure

Berkeley Lab scientists have helped to develop a tiny chip that has big potential for quickly determining whether someone has been exposed to dangerous levels of ionizing radiation. The chip has an array of nanosensors that measure the concentrations of proteins that change after radiation exposure. The technology could lead to a hand-held device that “lights up” if a person needs medical attention in the aftermath of an incident involving radiation. The technology was co-developed by scientists from Berkeley Lab, led by Andy Wyrobek of the Life Sciences Division, and Stanford University. The scientists report their research in the journal Scientific Reports. More>