Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Cancer Detection Chip

A silicon chip the size of a business card could soon speed cancer diagnoses, track treatment more closely, and discover earlier signs of recurrences.

Researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital have developed a better technique for collecting and measuring the cells that escape from tumors and travel through the bloodstream, spreading cancer from one part of the body to another.

These so-called circulating tumor cells have been difficult to study, and little is known about them - but tracking them down has been a major goal of scientific research for decades.

Technology these days!

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