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  • Single-molecule detection of cancer markers brings liquid biopsy closer to clinic

    Illinois researchers developed a method to detect cancer markers called microRNA with single-molecule resolution, a technique that could be used for liquid biopsies. From left: postdoctoral researcher Taylor Canady, professor Andrew Smith, graduate student Nantao Li, postdoctoral researcher Lucas Smith and professor Brian Cunningham.

    Illinois researchers developed a method to detect cancer markers called microRNA with single-molecule resolution, a technique that could be used for liquid biopsies. From left: postdoctoral researcher Taylor Canady, professor Andrew Smith, graduate student Nantao Li, postdoctoral researcher Lucas Smith and professor Brian Cunningham.

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  • Editor’s note: To reach Brian Cunningham, call 217-265-6291; email bcunning@illinois.edu. The paper “Digital-resolution detection of microRNA with single-base selectivity by photonic resonator absorption microscopy” is available online. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1904770116