While cancer's microRNA signature continues to yield to scientific scrutiny, tricky sample prep and the limitations of qPCR have hampered use of miRNA expression patterns as non-invasive biomarkers.

A pair of recently published studies from the University of Maryland School of Medicine, however, now show droplet digital PCR to be an effective tool for quantifying low-abundance circulating miRNAs from both plasma and sputum of lung cancer patients.

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