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Clinical prospects of liquid biopsies

The clinical utility of diagnostic markers extracted from liquid biopsies from cancer patients is hampered by knowledge gaps in biological understanding but can be aided by technological developments.

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Figure 1: Circulating tumour cells (CTCs), circulating tumour-derived DNA (ctDNA) and exosomes as complementary blood-based biomarkers.

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Alix-Panabières, C., Pantel, K. Clinical prospects of liquid biopsies. Nat Biomed Eng 1, 0065 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41551-017-0065

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