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Optical Microscope Detects Rare Cancer Cells

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LOS ANGELES, July 9, 2012 — A new optical microscope that easily detects rare cells in real time could help doctors diagnose diseases earlier and could monitor disease treatments. The ability to distinguish and isolate rare cells — such as circulating cancer tumor cells and stem cells — from a large population of assorted cells has become increasingly important for disease detection. Typically, there are only a handful of these “rogue” cells among a billion healthy cells, but because they are precursors to metastasis — the spread of cancer that causes about 90 percent of cancer...Read full article

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