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2012-12-12 12:43:33

A glass plate with a nanoscale roughness could be a simple way for scientists to capture and study the circulating tumor cells that carry cancer around the body through the bloodstream. Engineering and medical researchers at the University of Michigan have devised such a set-up, which they say takes advantage of cancer cells' stronger drive to settle and bind compared with normal blood cells. Circulating tumor cells are believed to contribute to cancer metastasis, the grim process of...

2012-12-04 12:58:35

UI finding might help improve 'liquid biopsy' approach for detecting cancer cells in blood A surprising discovery about the physical properties of cancer cells could help improve a new diagnostic approach–a liquid biopsy–that detects, measures, and evaluates cancer cells in blood. Cancer cells circulating in the bloodstream can form metastases–new tumors. Detecting these rare circulating cancer cells in a blood sample is much less invasive than a standard tumor biopsy,...

2012-11-12 12:31:52

System combining nanotechnology and NMR detects particles shed by brain tumors in bloodstream A novel miniature diagnostic platform using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) technology is capable of detecting minuscule cell particles known as microvesicles in a drop of blood. Microvesicles shed by cancer cells are even more numerous than those released by normal cells, so detecting them could prove a simple means for diagnosing cancer. In a study published in Nature Medicine, investigators at...

2012-07-06 10:16:15

The ability to distinguish and isolate rare cells from among a large population of assorted cells has become increasingly important for the early detection of disease and for monitoring disease treatments. Circulating cancer tumor cells are a perfect example. Typically, there are only a handful of them among a billion healthy cells, yet they are precursors to metastasis, the spread of cancer that causes about 90 percent of cancer mortalities. Such "rogue" cells are not limited to cancer...


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omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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