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Blood relations: new study explores early detection of ovarian cancer

Tags: arizona state university, biodesign institute, cancer, proteomics

[Source: Biodesign Institute] - Despite many research advances, ovarian cancer remains lethal in a majority of cases, due to late diagnosis of the disease. In a new study, Dr. Joshua LaBaer of the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University, along with Arturo Ramirez and Paul Lampe, researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, used  a novel method for identifying biomarkers—proteins in blood that can identify ovarian cancer before symptoms appear.

The work, which appeared recently in the journal Molecular and Cellular Proteomics, holds the potential for significant improvements in patient survival rate. The  research is part of the Early Detection Research Network program of the National Cancer Institute.

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