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New camera gives surgeons a butterfly's-eye view of cancer

April 5, 2018

Cancer lurking in tissue could be more easily found when looking through a butterfly's eye. Researchers at the University of Illinois and Washington University in St. Louis have developed a surgical camera inspired by the eye of the morpho butterfly. The camera sees infrared signals given off by tumor-binding dyes so that surgeons can find and remove all of the cancerous tissue. The camera was tested in mice and in human patients with breast cancer.Full Story

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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