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December 22, 2010

Researchers to Develop Electronic Nose to Detect Ovarian Cancer

Researchers at the University of Gothenburg, University of Gävle and KTH Royal Institute of Technology are developing an electronic nose that can screen blood samples to detect ovarian cancer in its early stages. The team had previously demonstrated that ovarian cancers emit a spe

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Researchers at the University of Gothenburg, University of Gävle and KTH Royal Institute of Technology are developing an electronic nose that can screen blood samples to detect ovarian cancer in its early stages.

The team had previously demonstrated that ovarian cancers emit a specific scent, and used dogs to distinguish between ovarian cancer tissue and healthy tissue.

The study also revealed that the blood of ovarian cancer patients had the same specific scent.

Following the study, researchers are working on detecting the scent using an existing electronic nose.

Study researcher György Horvath said the team’s goal is to be able to screen blood samples from apparently healthy women, and so detect ovarian cancer at an early stage when it can still be cured.

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