May 28, 2014

Sniffing Out Cancer

It's not just about building the first mechanical dog's nose. It's greater than that.

Dog's Nose

It's about sniffing out cancer. It's about identifying biomarkers in human breath and saliva for noninvasive detection, modeled after the 220 million scent receptors in a dog's nose. It's about a team of Baylor research scientists and students working together to separate, cool, ionize and feed molecules into a magnetic field where they can be identified.

It's about a world-class facility home to over 150 teaching and research labs and cutting-edge instrumentation. And it's about a place where discovery is informed by faith and infused with great people who come together to do remarkable things.

Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution, characterized as having "high research activity" by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The university provides a vibrant campus community for approximately 15,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating university in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 11 nationally recognized academic divisions. Baylor sponsors 19 varsity athletic teams and is a founding member of the Big 12 Conference.