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November 28, 2005

Cancer detection a spin-off of war on terror technology

Topics: Medicine

"Stable isotope ratio mass spectrometry," can determine where a substance was produced by "weighing" various forms or isotopes of an element in the substance - such as the ratio of rare oxygen-18 to common oxygen-16.

Initially used to track the source of illegal drugs, explosives, counterfeit bills and biological warfare agents, it may have some new uses: detecting rapidly growing cancers and studying obesity and eating disorders.

Posted by Richard at November 28, 2005 6:30 AM



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