Super-Sensitive Test Spots Cancer Virus Early

Published: Oct 24, 2007

More accurate and sensitive tests for viruses may be on the way. Today, tests rely on amplifying viral DNA until there is enough to identify. This can introduce errors, but a team at Iowa State University, Ames, have found a way to detect the DNA from a single particle of human papilloma virus (HPV), which can cause cervical cancer.

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