NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – To date, most clinical liquid biopsy tests have been used to identify clinically actionable mutations in patients who already have cancer, most often advanced stages of the disease.

But more recently, both clinical research efforts and the commercial sphere have focused a great deal of attention on how these tests can be used to predict recurrences or to monitor earlier-stage patients for signs of spreading tumors.

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