Catch and release | Harvard Gazette

A cool development with potential in cancer treatment, highlighting our increased knowledge of cancer, improvements in microchip technology, with a nice natural model – the jellyfish – that expresses the concept. Some time away before clinical trials and the like. Quote:

“What most people don’t realize is that it is the metastasis that kills, not the primary tumor,” said [HMS Associate Professor Jeffrey] Karp. “Our device has the potential to catch these cells in the act with its ‘tentacles’ before they may seed a new tumor in a distant organ.” …

“One of the greatest challenges in the treatment of cancer patients is to know which drug to prescribe,” said Karp. “By isolating circulating tumor cells before and after the first round of chemotherapy is given, we can determine the biology behind why certain cells are resistant to chemotherapy. We can also use the isolated cells to screen drugs for personalized treatments that could boost effectiveness and hopefully prevent cancer relapse.”

Catch and release | Harvard Gazette.

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