An international team of researchers has discovered a new approach to detecting cell damage, which could be used to test for Alzheimer’s or cancers.
‘Reactive oxygen’ causes cell damage and degeneration in the body. Its presence in high doses can be a sign of the diseases.
Researchers from the Universities of Bath, Birmingham and the East China University of Science and Technology have discovered a new system for detecting changes in reactive oxygen levels which could help target interventions.
Using florescent probes, the researchers believe it will be possible to perform whole body imaging, making it possible to monitor tumour development in real time.
Professor Tony James from the University of Bath said he was “very excited” by the discovery.
He said: “These new results have pointed our research in an unexpected yet truly rewarding direction.
“This work uses ‘simple’ molecules which are capable of helping doctors understand and diagnose ‘difficult’ diseases.”