Researchers at the University of Michigan along with a crew of Boston scientists have discovered a 22-protein panel of biomarkers that was able in preliminary studies to identify prostate cancer with 82 percent sensitivity and 88 percent specificity.

The news is noteworthy because it could lead to the development of an alternative diagnostic to standard prostate specific antigen tests, which return false positives around 80 percent of the time and therefore trigger unnecessary prostate biopsies.

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