April 6, 2015

Sound Separates Cancer Cells from Blood Samples

(April 6, 2015)  Separating circulating cancer cells from blood cells for diagnostic, prognostic and treatment purposes may become much easier using an acoustic separation method and an inexpensive, disposable chip, according to a team of engineers.

"Looking for circulating tumor cells in a blood sample is like looking for a needle in a haystack," said Tony Jun Huang, professor of engineering science and mechanics.  "Typically, the CTCs are about one in every one billion blood cells in the sample."

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