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Taiwan News Quick Take

Staff writer, with CNA

TECHNOLOGY

NTU unveils cancer sensor

National Taiwan University (NTU) yesterday unveiled a portable device it developed that is capable of detecting cancer and viral infections in just 12 minutes. The device, called VensorNTU, has proven to be highly sensitive and accurate in detecting liver, lung and cervical cancers, enterovirus 71, influenzas and sepsis during a year of clinical testing, said Yang Pan-chyr (楊泮池), dean of NTU’s College of Medicine. He said that traditional detection of those diseases involves the application of optics technology to examine affected cells after they are dyed, but the process is time--consuming and expensive, with low accuracy. The new device, with NTU’s exclusive electronic antibody detection technology, allows patients to use it at home, and find out the results in 12 minutes. NTU has transferred the VensorNTU manufacturing expertise to the private sector for commercial production.

TRANSPORTATION

Customs seize ¥19 million

A Japanese traveler had more than ¥19 million (US$230,000) confiscated at an airport in Taiwan after the undeclared cash was seized from his luggage, the Taipei Customs Office said Monday. The man had to hand over ¥19.16 million of the ¥20 million in cash that he did not declare after arriving at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport on Sunday on a Cathay Pacific flight from Nagoya, the office said. The money, which will be turned over to Taiwan’s national coffers, was spotted by customs officials in the passenger’s baggage as it went through an X-ray inspection. The office returned ¥840,000 to the man, who said he was not aware of the US$10,000 cap on the amount of foreign currency travelers are allowed to bring into the country, adding that he had hoped to take advantage of the higher interest rates available in local banks.

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