Nanotechnology Animations: Nanowires
Reference: Jim Heath, California Institute of Technology
In this diagram, nano sized sensing wires are laid down across a microfluidic channel. These nanowires by nature have incredible properties of selectivity and specificity. As particles flow through the microfluidic channel, the nanowire sensors pick up the molecular signatures of these particles and can immediately relay this information through a connection of electrodes to the outside world.
These nanodevices are man-made constructs made with carbon, silicon and other materials that have the capability to monitor the complexity of biological phenomenon and relay the information, as it is monitored, to the medical care provider.
They can detect the presence of altered genes associated with cancer and may help researchers pinpoint the exact location of those changes.