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December 21, 2004

BehindTheMedspeak: Sonocytology


What's that?

You're excused for not knowing, since the field was only named this past fall.

It was begun by Jim Gimzewski (above), a famed nanotechnologist who worked at IBM's legendary Zurich research lab for many years until UCLA made him an offer he couldn't refuse in 2001.

In Los Angeles he's taken his work into the life sciences, inventing a technique with which to "listen" to living cells.

Gimzewski theorizes that rapidly dividing cancer cells might produce distinctive rates of vibration and thus distinctive noises, which could then be used in a diagnostic test.

The first paper ever published about sonocytology appeared this past August in Science magazine.

[via the New York Times magazine]

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