NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Researchers from Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center and elsewhere have demonstrated that they can directly detect cancer-related chromosomal alterations in patient blood samples by sequencing cell-free DNA without prior knowledge of alterations present in the actual tumor.

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