Maybe more than you’d think. Randy should appreciate this. Today, Wired News ran a story titled Mine Buster Targets Breast Cancer. From the story:
A University of Nebraska scientist has developed a technology that makes undersea mud as clear as water, revealing deadly land mines. Now, she’s adapting the technique to detect a type of biological land mine — breast-cancer tumors.
While this is interesting, what I find of even more interest is the fact that she’s using existing technology from a seemingly unrelated field. The book "How Breakthroughs Happen", which I am reading and Randy has read, postulates that this is generally how breakthroughs occur: knowing about existing technology and having the foresight to see how it can be adapted for use in another field.