Diagnosing Cancer in Vivo

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Science  18 May 2001:
Vol. 292, Issue 5520, pp. 1401-1403
DOI: 10.1126/science.292.5520.1401

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The modern era of medicine has seen the development of new instruments and analyses for examining the human body. Medical advances have extended life expectancy, but a byproduct of longer life is a greater likelihood of developing cancer. Consequently, there is heightened interest in improved technologies for the diagnosis of cancer. Non-invasive, automated methods for diagnosing tumors without the need to perform excisional biopsies are discussed.