Quyen Nguyen

Color-coded surgery

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Filmed Jan 2011 at TEDMED 2011
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Surgeons are taught from textbooks which conveniently color-code the types of tissues, but that's not what it looks like in real life — until now. At TEDMED Quyen Nguyen demonstrates how a molecular marker can make tumors light up in neon green, showing surgeons exactly where to cut.

Quyen Nguyen
/ Surgeon

Quyen Nguyen uses molecular probes that make tumors — and just the tumors — glow, as an extraordinary aid to surgeons.  Full bio.

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