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Stanford Blood Scanner Detects Even Faint Indicators of Cancer
December 1, 2008
A team led by Stanford researchers has developed a prototype blood scanner that can find cancer markers in the bloodstream in early stages of the disease, potentially allowing for earlier treatment and dramatically improved chances of survival. The system, based on MagArray biodetection chips, can find cancer-associated proteins in a blood serum sample in less than an hour, and with much greater sensitivity than existing commercial devices.
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