Chip Shot: Intel and Stanford Researchers Reveal Chip Details to Study Disease and Analyze Protein Interactions

Researchers at Intel and Stanford University School of Medicine have revealed details from their collaboration to synthesize and study grid-like array of short pieces of a disease-associated protein on silicon chips normally used in computer microprocessors. They used this chip, which was created through a process used to make semiconductors, to identify patients with a particularly severe form of the autoimmune disease lupus. Although the new technology is focused on research applications, it has the potential to eventually improve diagnoses of a multitude of diseases, as well as to determine more quickly what drugs may be most effective for a particular patient. It may also speed drug development by enabling researchers to better understand how proteins interact in the body. Additional information can be found at Dr. Madoo Varma Intel Researchers’ blog and at Nature Medicine.