Japan – Japanese firm develops assay with integrated circuit for cancer detection

Toray Industries of Japan may have done what scandal-hit Silicon Valley firm Theranos failed to do – found a way of detecting cancer from a single drop of blood.

Toray has developed an IC that can detect certain microRNA that occurs with cancer.

Cancer cells  produce different kinds of microRNA which are specific to a particular type of cancer, allowing the test to determine which type of cancer has been detected.

The test requires only 50 microlitres of blood and can detect different cancer-types in one go.