Researchers at the University of California San Diego have developed a blood test that can rapidly detect signs of pancreatic cancer. The test, which is at the proof-of-concept stage, is simple. Apply a drop of blood on a small electronic chip, turn the current on, wait several minutes, add fluorescent labels and look at the results under a microscope. If a blood sample tests positive for pancreatic cancer, bright fluorescent circles will appear.
Press release: jacobsschool.ucsd.edu/news/news_releases/release.sfe?id=2541
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