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January 4th, 2011

"Liquid biopsy" may revolutionize cancer detection, slash health costs

Abstract:
Worried you may have cancer? Engineers, genome scientists, and oncologists at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston have invented a groundbreaking method of detecting cancer early. Contained on a microchip the size of a business card, the technique uses nanotechnology to sort healthy and cancerous cells in the bloodstream.

Nanotechnology allows liquid biopsy

The experimental device could one day replace needle biopsy as the best way to diagnose cancer. It is so sensitive that it can spot a single cancer cell among hundreds of millions of healthy ones in only several teaspoons of a patient's blood. Using this technique, oncologists could give a drug today and sample the blood tomorrow to see if the CTCs are gone. One of the inventors and the chief of MGH's cancer center, Dr. Daniel Haber, called it "a liquid biopsy."

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