Researchers at Cork’s Tyndall National Institute are working on a device that may be able to identify some cancers through an artificial sense of smell. This would be a wonderful breakthrough on so many fronts.
It would help in fighting cancer, it would generate considerable economic activity and, possibly most importantly of all, show how important it is to sustain research funding no matter how difficult that might seem.
The development came to light as it was announced that Ireland was ranked eighth in the world for quality of research in materials science, which includes nanoscience. This places us above more than 150 other countries and well ahead of France, Canada, Australia and Japan. At last, some good news.