Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) have harnessed the power of large and expensive microscopes for cancer detection into the world's first lens-free microscope. The device can detect cancerous alterations in a single cell with a high degree of accuracy, as tested in cancerous breast, cervical, and blood cells. "This is the first time tissue samples have been imaged in 3D using a lens-free on-chip microscope," said Dr. Aydogan Ozcan, whose lab developed the device, in a news release. "This is a milestone in the work we've been doing." The technology behind this power is a silicon chip similar to those found in smartphones and digital cameras. Yet the images this device captures do more than snap memories on-the-go: they are capable of identifying abnormalities at the cellular level. "Our microscope provides the same level of quality as a state-of-the-art optical light microscope, and it has a significantly larger field of view, a simpler design, and it is more cost-effective," added Dr. Ozcan in a UCLA news release on Los Angeles Times. As senior author of "