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Nanoscopic Changes to Pancreatic Cells Reveal Cancer
February 17, 2009
A team of researchers led by a Northwestern University biomedical engineer has developed a way to examine cell biopsies and detect never-before-seen signs of early-stage pancreatic cancer, according to a new paper in the Optical Society journal Optics Letters. Though the new technique has not yet proven effective in double-blind clinical trials, it may one day help diagnose cancers of the pancreas and, potentially, other organs at their earliest and most treatable stages.
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