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Device Could Detect Dozens of Cancers

  1. Oct 10, 2014 #1
    This Device Could Detect Dozens of Cancers With a Single Blood Test

    http://www.wired.com/2014/10/miroculus/

    I've had too many friends and family suddenly find they have cancer. It seems that when you have symptoms it's often too late. Early detection is key, but for the vast vast majority of people this is very difficult. You can't exactly look in your body and see a tumor on your liver. I think the age of cheap body scans and blood work should be here.
     
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  3. Oct 17, 2014 #2
    Looks like minaturized PCR. The devil is in the details--such as picking proper control miRNAs in order to avoid false positives or negatives if this instrument is using quantitative results to establish cancer diagnoses. Running a sample is probably easy, but interpreting the results is what trips you up. I've done PCR on miRNAs, and picking proper controls is insanely difficult.
     
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