Some exciting news came in from one of the LLS-funded research teams at Stanford last Friday. Borrowing from the technology used to measure metal impurities in semiconductors, Dr. Garry Nolan and his team have developed a machine that allows them to see tiny differences in cellular behavior that may help explain drugs’ side effects and indicate new uses for existing drugs. According to Dr. Nolan, the new mass cytometer can “tell not only what kind of [immune] cell we are looking at, but also what it’s thinking, what it’s been doing, and what it may soon do or become.”
Thanks to all of you for helping this multi-discipline research study possible! It’s very cool stuff indeed!
Dr. Nolan’s study and its advances are covered in the May 6th issue of Science. Check out the full research announcement at http://bitly.com/cytometer.