Nanofilm takes gentle approach to cell capture

Materials Today - A gentle approach to capturing individual cancer cells from patients’ blood could aid diagnosis and treatment while minimizing invasive procedures, say researchers.

"The ability to selectively isolate extremely rare CTCs from whole blood holds major implications for both clinical medicine and biological research," explains first author on the study, Wei Li of Texas Tech University. "Some current techniques place isolated tumor cells under excessive stresses, which reduce cell viability and potentially induce phenotype change, losing valuable information."

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