Nick posted an update 1 week, 1 day ago
What have i done so far?
So far in the project i have organised myself into a group. i am the fourth member and i know the other 3 as friends. we have discussed many ideas describing what we should do in terms of research for this project. We had an idea that biolumincecance should be injected into someones eye and modified to attach to the lens as this would be used in corneal lens transplants and would allow people to see if they have missed any parts to remove. we decided to not do this idea as the sense is all in one piece and it could cause further problems to be shining UV light in someones eye as this could be damaging.
we then talked about AIDS and how we could make a detector which detects i someone had aids and discuses the idea of having bioluminescence to detect AIDS but because its an illness of the blood, the whole body would glow as the biomarker would be attaching to the blood and not something specific.
The third idea is the detection of cancer and more specificaly during an operation, a bioluminescence marker could indicate areas where there is cancer present leading to the complete removal of the cancer during an operation. this would also be useful in the detection of secondary cancers and a light could therefore fluress the areas with cancer leading to earlier detection and removal. we decided no to go with this idea as it was too predictable and there is already much research being done in the field of cancer and we as a group wanted to research new ideas.
The fourth and hopefully final idea for the group is in the field of the detection of parkinsons disease. Salty saline solution will be sprayed up through the nose and what comes out is shown to contain brain cells and because parkinson affects brain cells, the patient could ingest bioluminesants and then a light will be shon on the mucus from the nose and i quick diagnosis can be made to see if parkinson is present in the brain. This is what we have hopefully finalised as it provides a quick, non-invasive method of detection. We chose parkinson as it is a relatively new disease. exciting research and resources is now available to us and we hope that this will make a larger influence on the people it helps.