NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – A proof-of-principle study appearing online last night in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that circulating, cell-free DNA can serve as an effective blood-based marker for monitoring metastatic breast cancer in women undergoing treatment for the disease.

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