Game of Exosomes
A new lab-on-a-chip device aims to facilitate rapid, noninvasive early cancer detection from a single drop of blood or plasma
Luke Turner | | Quick Read
Early cancer detection is an elusive, but highly appealing goal – especially in cancers that often go undiagnosed until the advanced stages. One example is ovarian cancer, in which well over half of women are diagnosed at stage III or IV (1). Now, a new lab-on-a-chip device can detect cancer quickly and noninvasively in a droplet of blood or plasma by identifying tumor exosomes (2) – extracellular vesicles that play an important role in cell-to-cell communication.
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