New test for skin cancer

Sticky tape could soon be used as a simple, cheap and quick tool to diagnose skin cancer, say scientists.
The study has shown the cells can be analysed using a simple genetic screening technique to reveal if the growth is cancerous and how dangerous it is.
The scientists demonstrated how normal skin cells contain 17 specific genes proving they are healthy. But when cancer is present, these genes subtly mutate. Laboratory test of skin cells collected on the sticky tape can reveal any unusual changes in the genes that would indicate cancer. Read more…


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