This Week in BMC Cancer


In BMC Cancer this week, a team of researchers in China compare the usefulness of serum golgi protein 73 and alpha-fetoprotein as biomarkers for hepatocellular carcinoma. The team conducted a review of the available literature, and found that GP73 and AFP were of comparable accuracy, sensitivity, and specificity in diagnosing hepatocellular carcinoma. However, the researchers add, more study is needed to determine the diagnostic utility of GP73 in combination with AFP.

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Researchers describe a way to share data while keeping it secure, Agence France Presse reports.

In Science this week: genetic mutations typically associated with esophageal cancer are common in older, healthy individuals, and more.

India's Council of Scientific and Industrial Research has a new director-general, according to ScienceInsider.

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