BETHESDA, Md--The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is seeking
technology systems to revolutionize cancer detection, diagnosis, and
treatment. Under a new $48 million, 5-year program dubbed the
Unconventional Innovations Program, NCI is looking for new
technologies "that will enable sensing of molecular alterations
in the body in a way that is highly sensitive and specific, yet nonintrusive."
NCI has requested input from molecular and cellular biologists,
engineers, physicists, chemists, and computational biologists who can
point to new directions for research. Information obtained will be
used to outline government research goals that will be issued in late
1998 or early 1999, followed by requests for specific research proposals.