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posted by LaminatorX on Wednesday February 26 2014, @09:31PM   Printer-friendly
from the Negative-never-felt-so-good dept.

AnonTechie writes:

"A paper strip can sample urine for signs of tumors in the body. The cancer-detecting strip could one day make it simpler and more affordable to detect some cancers at an early stage. Unlike communicable infections like HIV and tuberculosis, signals from tumor proteins are difficult to detect. To get around that problem, the researchers created nano-scale biomarkers that can be injected into the bloodstream. Each marker is designed to interact with specific proteins that are produced by cancer cells. When the two meet, the proteins snip off tiny fragments of the marker. Those fragments eventually find their way into the urine. The test works like a pregnancy test; a person urinates on a paper strip coated with antibodies that can detect the marker fragments. If the fragments are present, the paper displays a line indicating the presence of cancer tissue in the body. Altogether, the process takes about an hour."

[ED Note: Link is to an abstract. PDF with more detailed info here.]

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 26 2014, @11:25PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 26 2014, @11:25PM (#7628)

    It is good to see work on another cheap cancer test. It will be great if low income people can just walk into a Walgreens, and get lots of cheap tests, and avoid seeing an expensive doctor.

  • (Score: 1) by AnythingGoes on Wednesday February 26 2014, @11:53PM

    by AnythingGoes (3345) on Wednesday February 26 2014, @11:53PM (#7644)

    If you do a full body scan, you will find many issues on anyone... that does not mean that there are real issues, just that some parts of everyone's body are not exactly at the same as the average of the population..

    If there are lots of cheap tests for everything, you are going to get hypochondriacs coming out of the closet everywhere :(

    Better start educating people to only take those tests when there are other indications happening, else your GP will be really annoyed with you and may ignore you next time when there really is an issue.