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Beyond counting tumor cells

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Since the discovery of circulating tumor cells in 1869, researchers have been able to do little else beyond count them. This is about to change, as advanced technologies for harvesting and analyzing rare cells from blood are opening the window for characterization. Jim Kling reports.

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Figure 1: CTCs in the spotlight.

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  • 07 December 2012

    In the version of the article originally published, On-Q-Ity platform was called by its previous and outdated name, C5 (Circulating Cancer and Charactization Chip). It should have been called OnQChip. The error has been corrected in the HMTL and PDF versions of the article.


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Kling, J. Beyond counting tumor cells. Nat Biotechnol 30, 578–580 (2012).

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