New Blood Test Can Spot Cancer in 10 Minutes

Professor Matt Trau Dr Abu Sina and Dr Laura Carrascosa

Indeed, this test is so convenient and affordable that in the not-too-distant future we could all be carrying around our own personal cancer detector - on our cell phones.

The paper is published in the journal Nature Communications (DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-07214-w) and included researchers from UQ's Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences, School of Medicine and Diamantina Institute.

They said that the DNA from different types of cancers contain signatures which could act as cancer markers. "We certainly don't know yet whether it's the holy grail for all cancer diagnostics, but it looks really interesting as an incredibly simple universal marker for cancer, and as an accessible and low-priced technology that doesn't require complicated lab-based equipment like DNA sequencing", Trau said.

The team at the University of Queensland in Australia created the test after discovering that cancer forms a unique DNA structure when placed in water, CNN reported.

The researchers developed a test which can detect cancer cells by picking up this epigenetic pattern in blood and biopsy tissue.

"The levels and patterns of tiny molecules called methyl groups that decorate DNA are altered dramatically by cancer - these methyl groups are key for cells to control which genes are turned on and off", said Sina.

The team found that in the healthy cells these methyl groups are spread across the genome.

A universal cancer test would not be precise enough to detect tumour location or size, but it enables doctors to give a yes or no answer.

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He also cautioned that the test's 90 per cent success rate involved only 200 blood and tissue samples, so a much larger clinical trial will be needed to determine whether that success rate holds up.

Currently, the researchers are working with the university's commercialization company, UniQuest, to develop and license the technology; they plan to assess its use in detecting different cancer types across all stages from different bodily fluids as well as in gauging responses to treatment.

"It's in early stages and will have to be validated ... but I think it's very interesting - it's a totally different approach", Associate Professor Gray said.

"So we were very excited about an easy way of catching these circulating free cancer DNA signatures in blood", he said.

While further research and development is still underway, the procedure is expected to open new corollaries of screening methods.

"Like all good science, it raises a lot more questions", she said.

Scientists have developed a universal cancer test that can detect traces of the disease in a patient's bloodstream.

"We certainly don't know yet whether it's the Holy Grail or not for all cancer diagnostics", concluded Dr. Trau, "but it looks really interesting as an incredibly simple universal marker of cancer, and as a very accessible and affordable technology that does not require complicated lab-based equipment like DNA sequencing".

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