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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – A panel of 19 microRNAs can distinguish malignant and benign thyroid nodules, which may help identify patients who would benefit from treatment.

While most thyroid nodules are benign, about 7 percent are malignant. Currently, suspicious thyroid nodules are evaluated by ultrasound-guided fine-needle aspiration biopsy and while that can settle some of the cases, about 30 percent of patients receive ambiguous results.

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