Toward diagnosing diseases such as cancer in their earliest stages

Detecting diseases such as cancer in their earliest stages can make a huge difference in patient treatment, but it is often difficult to do. Now scientists report in the journal ACS Central Science a new, simple method that could make early disease diagnosis much easier. In addition, their approach only requires a minute sample of patient blood and is 1,000 times more sensitive in detecting biomarkers for thyroid cancer than the current government-approved test.

In response to a wide range of conditions, including cancer, viral infections and autoimmune disorders, the body’s immune system produces proteins called antibodies. Identifying specific antibodies can

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