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Researchers at the Technical University of Denmark are working on a way to make detecting cancer as easy as taking a picture. They are developing a device to turn infrared radiation into visible light which, when attached to a digital camera as a flash, could detect tumors by seeing the pattern of infrared light that they reflect, says New Scientist's Kate McAlpine. Jeppe Seidelin Dam, the researcher leading the Danish team, says eventually this device could allow surgeons to see before finishing an operation if the entire tumor has been removed. Dam's system depends on a multilayered crystal of potassium titanium oxide phosphate, McAlpine says. When an infrared laser is fired into the crystal, its photons interfere with the infrared photons from whatever object is being imaged and that shifts the wavelength and allows a regular camera to take a photo. Dam and his colleagues are playing with an idea that was first explored in the 1970s, but say they have improved the resolution 300-fold.

The Scan

Interfering With Invasive Mussels

The Chicago Tribune reports that researchers are studying whether RNA interference- or CRISPR-based approaches can combat invasive freshwater mussels.

Participation Analysis

A new study finds that women tend to participate less at scientific meetings but that some changes can lead to increased involvement, the Guardian reports.

Right Whales' Decline

A research study plans to use genetic analysis to gain insight into population decline among North American right whales, according to CBC.

Science Papers Tie Rare Mutations to Short Stature, Immunodeficiency; Present Single-Cell Transcriptomics Map

In Science this week: pair of mutations in one gene uncovered in brothers with short stature and immunodeficiency, and more.