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MCED, a blood test that screens for multiple cancers at once, promises to boost early detection

MCED tests look for trace amounts of tumour DNA in the bloodstream. Image: Pexels/Karolina Grabowska

Colin Pritchard

Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, School of Medicine, University of Washington

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By cataloging different DNA methylation patterns, MCED tests can focus on the sections of DNA that distinguish between cancerous and normal tissue and pinpoint the cancer’s origin site.
By cataloging different DNA methylation patterns, MCED tests can focus on the sections of DNA that distinguish between cancerous and normal tissue and pinpoint the cancer’s origin site. Image: The Conversation.

Figuring out how MCED tests should be implemented in the clinic will take many years.
Figuring out how MCED tests should be implemented in the clinic will take many years. Image: Pexels/Polina Tankilevitch
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