A study published this week has shown methylation status in a panel of genes may be useful to non-invasively monitor breast cancer recurrence and treatment response. The two-step multiplex methylation-specific PCR assay, called cMethDNA, detected cell-free cancer DNA in small volumes of sera with a sensitivity and specificity above 90 percent.

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