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Sound waves could provide 'liquid biopsies'

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DURHAM, N.C. -- Using sound waves, an international team of researchers has developed a gentle, contact-free method for separating circulating tumor cells from blood samples that is fast and efficient enough for clinical use.

Circulating tumor cells (CTCs) are small pieces of a tumor that break away and flow through the bloodstream.

There are typically only a handful for every few billion blood cells running through a patient's veins.

They tend to damage or kill the cells in the process, lack efficiency, only work on specific types of cancer, or take far too long to be used in many situations.

The results appear July 3 in the journal Small.

Every year cancer claims the lives of millions of people around the world and researchers are still searching for better tools for cancer diagnosis, prognosis and treatment," said Tony Jun Huang, the William Bevan Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science at Duke.

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