Case Studies

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Increasing access to anaemia testing

The haemiglobincyanide (HiCN) reference method has been the gold standard for measuring haemoglobin concentrations in blood, indicative of anaemia, for more than 50 years. Used around the world to diagnose anaemia and monitor response to treatment, the HiCN method is both effective and benefits from readily-available stable cal...

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Simpler disease diagnostics

Certain molecules within biological samples - known as biomarkers - can be indicative of serious diseases, such as cancers, HIV and Hepatitis. Detecting their presence and determining how these small molecules interact with each other and cells in the body holds considerable potential for developing new diagnostic tools which d...

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Counting particles to spot cancer

Fragments of cells shed into the bloodstream can indicate the presence of diseases such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease. These fragments – called extracellular vesicles (EV) – are generating excitement in the medical research community as their role in spreading diseases between cells is being discovered. New diagnostic m...

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Spotting inter-cell communications

Many diseases, including cancers, diabetes and heart disease increase the number of small cell particles, extracellular vesicles (EV) or microvesicles in the bloodstream. These have recently been discovered to both indicate disease and also play an important role in spreading cancer around the body. Being able to make earlier d...

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Faster TB diagnosis

Tuberculosis (TB) is a global problem made more serious by challenges associated with diagnosis and identification of drug resistance. A major challenge is quickly identifying the presence of TB causing bacteria in a patient’s sample. Conventionally, for the most accurate diagnoses, samples are cultured for six weeks before bei...

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High intensity ultrasound treatments

High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU), used with imaging techniques, is a promising new treatment of prostate cancer and brain disorders. It focuses multiple high energy soundwaves onto a single spot, generating enough heat to destroy a tumour. Unlike ionising radiation, these beams do not cause long term harm to DNA, and in...

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