Detecting Disease

NISE Network product

This exhibit introduces new ways of diagnosing and monitoring disease by using nanomaterials. Visitors conduct a lab test by select one of three sick patients and using a real pipette to add the patient’s blood sample to a glass slide (the GreeneChip). An on-screen animation explains what happens at the nanoscale, and the visitor is presented with a diagnosis.



Big Idea: 
Researchers are working to better detect disease with nanotechnology.
Learning Goals: 
  • Diseases can be detected before a patient has any noticeable symptoms.
  • A patient has a better chance of beating a disease if treatment starts very early in the disease's progression.
  • The GreeneChip tests for many different diseases at the same time using genetic material from a pathogen "library" and a sample from the patient.
Nano Content Map: 
  • Nanoscience, nanotechnology, and nanoengineering lead to new knowledge and innovations that weren't possible before.


Developed for the NISE Network with funding from the National Science Foundation under Award Numbers 0532536 and 0940143. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this product are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Foundation.

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Development Process: 

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