New method to detect abnormal scar formation

Members of the team involved in the nanoparticle technology research include (from left) research fellows Christian Wiraja and David Yeo (principal investigator) as well as Assistant Professor Xu Chenjie.
Members of the team involved in the nanoparticle technology research include (from left) research fellows Christian Wiraja and David Yeo (principal investigator) as well as Assistant Professor Xu Chenjie.ST PHOTO: ALVIN HO

Scientists have developed a non-invasive way to detect how scars will develop after surgery or burn wounds so doctors can take preventive measures.

The new detection method - devised by researchers here and in the United States - uses thousands of nanoparticles called NanoFlares with DNA strands attached to their surfaces, like a ball with spikes.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 07, 2018, with the headline 'New method to detect abnormal scar formation'. Print Edition | Subscribe