New ‘nanopores’ technique offers proof-of-concept of earlier, safer tumor detection

Liquid biopsies–identifying the presence of tumor DNA fragments or cells circulating in bodily fluids–have taken off in the last few years as a non-invasive and more accurate way to detect cancers. Unfortunately, the short-lived nature of these fragments remains a challenge for identifying mutations, particularly for early tumor detection. But a new technique incorporating nanopore technology could offer a powerful, fast and easy-to-use alternative.