That was then. This is now...
Today, semiconductors are about a lot more than computers.
In a recent breakthrough, a new kind of computer chip was able to spot disease that doctors have a tough time finding on their own. This new field of cutting-edge high tech could have a big impact on the health of millions around the world.
See, we are getting very close to the point when your doctor will be able to detect not just what type of disease you have but which of many versions is affecting you.
And with these new chips they will have the answer in a matter of minutes.
That will speed up everything -- the diagnosis, the drugs and -- more to the point -- your return to good health.
And needless to say, these breakthrough new chips could make a few savvy investors quite rich.
This new field -- loosely called "lab on a chip" -- holds so much promise that a key research arm of the Pentagon will spend at least $65 million to help get it out of the lab and into the real world.
In a moment, I'll give you the details. But first there is this recent new development.
The Power of "Protein Chips"Intel Corp. (NasdaqGS:INTC) has joined forces with a team from Stanford University School of Medicine. The Intel-Stanford team is placing proteins directly on chips to detect disease and help drug firms come up with new compounds.
Just last month, the team said it had synthesized an array of short pieces of proteins on silicon chips normally used as computer microprocessors. Team members said the process will help doctors quickly figure out which of the many possible drugs will work best for each patient.
Here's the thing. Proteins are vital to our health.
They are large, complex molecules that do most of the work in cells. We need them for the structure, function, and regulation of the body's tissues and organs.
Turns out proteins also serve as "markers" for certain diseases...