Pune Scientist Develops Cheap Test to Detect Cancer

A Pune doctor has developed a cheap Rs 15,000 test that will help detect relapse of cancer, reports The Time of India. The test is based on a liquid biopsy technology called OncoDiscover.

The liquid biopsy will help detect floating cancer cells in the blood stream well before they spread.

The tech was developed by a Pune based scientist Jayant Khandare. Cancer diagnostics has grown leaps and bounds in the last decade, making early detection a possibility. It will be available in a phased manner across Indian starting September before it is marketed globally.

Khandare’s start up, that launched in 2013, is funded by a wing of the Department of Biotechnology, under Union Ministry of Science and Technology.

The scientist was quoted as saying that the tech will help with both early detection and disease monitoring.

“It is a blood test that detects circulating tumour cells even when their presence is extremely low or minuscule," he told TOI.

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