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Breathalyzer Device Sniffs for Disease

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Science  04 Sep 1998:
Vol. 281, Issue 5382, pp. 1431
DOI: 10.1126/science.281.5382.1431

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BOSTON-- A pair of scientists has developed a machine that, in just minutes, can analyze a puff of breath for the trace gases that signal diabetes, kidney failure, ulcers, and possibly even cancer, they announced at the American Chemical Society meeting here last week. Commercial versions could be available within a few years, providing fast, noninvasive diagnosis.