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  Biological, Chemical and Radiation Sensors

Innovative materials and techniques produce microsensors with enormous potential

With funding from the Department of Defense and its U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency, the National Institutes of Health, and other organizations, the SSIM program is developing a series of sensors that can within minutes determine with great accuracy whether the air or the water have been contaminated with biological or chemical agents, or if individuals have suffered exposure to radiation. In addition, they are working on new smart-sensor technology to find cancer much earlier than possible with current methods, and a new sensor chip that can distinguish normal cells from cancerous ones and greatly improve the likelihood that a surgeon will be able to remove every last bit of tumor the first time, every time.