Stanford researchers create blood-based CRC test — 4 insights

Stanford (Calif.) University researchers created a blood-based colorectal cancer test that they'll soon begin testing clinically.

What you should know:

1. Stanford professors Uri Ladabaum, MD, and Shan Wang, and graduate student Jared Nesvet, created the blood-based test.

2. After reporting positive results in a lab-controlled environment, the trio will now begin a clinical test through a Stanford ChEM-H seed grant.

3. The trio's test uses magnet tags that attach to colon-cancer-relevant genes. The test uses a small magnetic field that shows researchers activated genes.

4. Dr. Ladabaum will begin the clinical research. Mr. Wang believes it could be up to 10 years before the test is clinically available.

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