This image, by Li Gu and Xiangnan Dang of the Koch Institute, shows fluorescing nanoparticles in a metastatic tumor.
Li Gu, Xiangnan Dang, Paula Hammond, Angela Belcher
Koch Institute at MIT
Tiny tumors escape detection via traditional means, but researchers are using a long-wavelength band of light known as the second near-infrared window to penetrate deep into tissue and monitor cancer cells in real time at unprecedented resolution.
This image shows layered nanoparticles (green) illuminating a microscopic tumor. With the ability to selectively target cancer cells now established, researchers are turning their attention to programming the particles to deliver drugs that will annihilate these hard-to-find, early-stage tumors.
Li Gu shares the "Beyond the Red" story. You can also watch his presentation at the exhibition opening event on March 3, 2016.