Cell Slime Could Hold Key to Cancer Detection

March 30, 2015 2:27 PM

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Cell Slime Could Hold Key to Cancer Detection

The holy grail of clinical diagnostics would be a completely noninvasive technique that can identify disease with exceptional accuracy. Unfortunately, science has yet to achieve this almost essential goal. However, new research from Johns Hopkins scientists may provide the crucial data required to take a big leap toward complete noninvasive diagnoses.

Imaging tests such as mammograms or CT scans can often detect tumor growth within tissues, but determining if that growth is cancerous almost always requires a biopsy in order to study cells from the mass directly.

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