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Indian Develops Cheap Cancer Detection Kit

Times of India
2 April 2010
Shillong, India

An Indian scientist has developed a blood–based cancer biomarker, which can potentially work as a low–cost diagnostic tool to detect different human cancers. It is perhaps the world’s first low–cost diagnostic tool for detection of cancer in the human body.

Early cancer detection can significantly enhance chances of a patient’s recovery. “It is a simple blood–test kit, much like a pregnancy or diabetes test. I have developed a bio–molecular marker of cancer in blood, which can easily track cancer through blood test,” R N Sharan of the North–Eastern Hills University said. The biomolecular tool has passed preliminary trials and is now being vetted through multicentre tests in the US and Japan. The kit may be ready for mass production in about two to three years’ time, he said. “The test can be performed by any individual at home and it should not cost more than Rs 100–150. What it requires is a small amount of blood, which can be drawn from a finger tip,” he said.

Sharan, a leading biochemist said it took him and his team of PhD students over two decades to develop the kit. “Numerous scientific aspects need to be looked into and understood in mouse and cell culture models before a sound hypothesis can be put forward,” he said.

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