New technology called ‘fluorescent in situ hybridization’, or FISH, automates testing for chromosome mutations in a bunch of different types of cancer. This cuts test costs by 90% and speeds up the test process by a similar factor. It also means patients in rural areas don’t need to travel so much, because test kits can be administered under simpler settings.
Finally, since it tests for a variety of cancers, it means quicker notice of the disease jumping from one organ to another, like a stealth evil Tarzan in the jungle of your intestines. “I believe that this might be the most important thing that any of us ever do,” said the University of Alberta professor Dr. Linda Pilarski. [GT]
‘Fish on a chip’ technology may speed cancer diagnosis