WEATHER »

UCSB Researchers Target Prostate Cancer


UCSB researchers have developed a technology that could lead to advances in the detection and treatment of prostate cancer. The technology, which combines a technique called surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) with silver nanoparticles, discriminates cancerous from noncancerous cells in bodily fluids. This may allow cancer cells to be detected in the blood, which are thought to be a primary indicator of metastasizing disease. Postdoctoral fellow Alessia Pallaoro explained that when preloaded with a peptide molecule and hit with a laser beam, silver nanoparticles that attach to cancerous cells give them away with an array of colors.

To submit a comment on this article, email letters@independent.com or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email tips@independent.com.



Be succinct, constructive, and relevant to the story. Leaving a comment means you agree to our Discussion Guidelines. We like civilized discourse. We don't like spam, lying, profanity, harassment or personal attacks.

comments powered by Disqus
event calendar sponsored by:

Body of Los Angeles Firefighter Found in Montecito Mountains

Captain Wayne Habell had been reported missing on August 13.

Natural Disaster Federal Loan Update

The U.S. Small Business Administration offers low rates.

Laura’s Law Program Praised by County 

The Assisted Outpatient Treatment program tackles serious mental-health issues.

Front Fire Tops 1,000 Acres in Los Padres National Forest

Containment was estimated at 5% on Monday morning.

Runner-Up Protests City Pot Pick

SGSB says retail selection result was "manifestly unfair."