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Nanoparticles may enhance circulating tumor cell detection

Tiny gold particles can help doctors detect tumor cells circulating in the blood of patients with head and neck cancer, researchers at Emory and Georgia Tech have found. The detection of circulating tumor cells (CTCs) is an emerging technique tha...

Tumors bring their own support cells when forming metastases

The process of metastasis requires that cancer cells traveling from a primary tumor find a hospitable environment in which to implant themselves and grow. A new study from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Cancer Center researchers finds that ci...

Second-generation device more effective in capturing circulating tumor cells

A redesigned version of the CTC-Chip -- a microchip-based device for capturing rare circulating tumor cells (CTCs) -- appears to be more effective and should be easier to manufacture than the original. Called the HB-(herringbone) Chip, the ne...

Microfluidic device allows collection, analysis of hard-to-handle immune cells

A team led by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) scientists has developed a new microfluidic tool for quickly and accurately isolating neutrophils -- the most abundant type of white blood cell -- from small blood samples, an accomplishment that ...

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