Ohio State University of Columbus has received US Patent No. 8,603,744, "Methods for diagnosing breast cancer using microRNAs." The claimed method relies on microRNA microarrays to measure miRNA expression signatures in a sample and compare it with a control sample. According to the patent, an alteration in the signal of at least one miRNA in the test sample relative to the control sample is indicative of the subject either having, or being at risk for developing, a solid cancer.

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