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Researchers led by UC San Diego develop a non-invasive blood test capable of detecting circulating tumor DNA methylation to identify whether a person has one of the five most prevalent forms of cancers, up to four years before diagnosis. The team states their diagnostic can detect cancer by targeting a limited number of genomic regions aberrantly methylated across different cancer types, allowing it to be used as an inexpensive cancer screen from only a single vial of blood, unlike the more costly ctDNA which works by identifying a legion of inconsistent mutations.

Non-invasive blood test can detect cancer four years before diagnosis.

The leading cause of death worldwide, cancer killed at least 7.6 million people in 2008, accounting for a staggering thirteen percent of all deaths globally. With no signs of abating, … Continue Reading Non-invasive blood test can detect cancer four years before diagnosis.

Unprecedented precision study identifies the four genes responsible for blood stem cell development.

Every day, over 100 billion new mature blood cells are generated in an adult human. This major production places high demands on the blood stem cells which must be capable … Continue Reading Unprecedented precision study identifies the four genes responsible for blood stem cell development.

Researchers identify precision medicine for the development of healthy heart muscle.

The heart is arguably the hardest working muscle in the human body and without its incessant, regular beating the body’s organs would be starved of life-giving nutrients.  Yet how the … Continue Reading Researchers identify precision medicine for the development of healthy heart muscle.

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