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March 1st, 2010

Multipurpose Molecule for Cancer Surgery

Abstract:
A new molecule designed to seek out and label cancer cells could help guide surgeons to hidden pockets of disease--a technology that could one day allow for more complete tumor removal and increase a patient's chances of survival.

The molecular label, developed by researchers at the University of California at San Diego (UCSD), works in two ways. It tags cancer cells with a fluorescent marker to highlight tumors for identification and removal during surgery, and it contains a magnetic marker that can be used to evaluate the disease via magnetic resonance imaging.

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