Metal Tags Used to Track Breakaway Cancer Cells ‘Just the Beginning’ of Better Detection, Researchers Say

Metal Tags Used to Track Breakaway Cancer Cells ‘Just the Beginning’ of Better Detection, Researchers Say
Metal tags enabled identification of cancer cells in a patient with metastatic prostate cancer, according to a study that suggests the method could provide new understanding of how cancer spreads and help define personalized treatments. Using blood and bone marrow samples from the patient, researchers from the Bridge Institute at the University of Southern California (USC) applied metal-tagged antibodies targeting potential protein biomarkers, a technique called mass cytometry. This approach led to digital facsimiles of tumor cells that travel through the body. "That is exactly what is happening when the TSA [Transportation Security Admini
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