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Medical News and Perspectives
November 7, 2007

Methods to Detect Circulating Tumor DNA May Help Early Diagnosis of Cancer

JAMA. 2007;298(17):1993-1994. doi:10.1001/jama.298.17.1993

Atlanta—Detection of cancer through bodily fluid analysis has been gaining interest as researchers develop sensitive techniques that may be capable of spotting cancer markers at early stages of disease. Scientists at the American Association for Cancer Research's second International Conference on Molecular Diagnostics in Cancer Therapeutic Development in September discussed several recent studies that have successfully detected tumor-specific DNA in the blood.

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