Biosensors and Molecular Technologies for Cancer Diagnostics

Keith E. Herold, Avraham Rasooly

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May 29, 2012 by CRC Press
Reference - 844 Pages - 417 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781439841655 - CAT# K11937
Series: Series in Sensors

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Features

  • Focuses on the emerging use of biosensors to detect and diagnose cancer
  • Covers many optical-based biosensors, including surface plasmon resonance, evanescent wave and waveguides, spectrometry, optical imaging, fluorescence, luminescence, refractive index detection, and photoacoustic analysis
  • Discusses several modes of electrochemical biosensors, such as potentiometric and amperometric biosensors, along with their applications
  • Examines electronic and magnetic technologies for cancer analysis, covering field effect transistors, magnetic resonance, and electric field-based biosensors
  • Explores such novel developments as thermometric sensing and optomechanical cantilever-based technologies
  • Presents the technology and schematics of the devices, helping nonengineers understand the background of biosensors

Summary

Bridging the gap between research and clinical application, Biosensors and Molecular Technologies for Cancer Diagnostics explores the use of biosensors as effective alternatives to the current standard methods in cancer diagnosis and detection. It describes the major aspects involved in detecting and diagnosing cancer as well as the basic elements of biosensors and their applications in detection and diagnostics.

The book addresses cancer molecular diagnostics, including genomic and proteomic approaches, from the perspective of biosensors and biodetection. It explains how to measure and understand molecular markers using biosensors and discusses the medical advantages of rapid and accurate cancer diagnostics. It also describes optical, electrochemical, and optomechanical biosensor technologies, with a focus on cancer analysis and the clinical utility of these technologies for cancer detection, diagnostics, prognostics, and treatment.

Making biosensor technology more accessible to molecular biologists, oncologists, pathologists, and engineers, this volume advances the integration of this technology into mainstream clinical practice. Through its in-depth coverage of a range of biosensors, the book shows how they can play instrumental roles in the early molecular diagnosis of cancer.