Do you have a mint? I’ve got cancer breath . . .

6 12 2006

Scientists say that they can now detect cancer genes in the breath of smokers. 

For the first time, researchers have demonstrated that it is possible to detect DNA methylation in the breath of smokers and lung cancer patients, suggesting that, in theory, it may be possible to use this technique to identify people who have undiagnosed lung cancer or are at high risk of developing the disease.

I don’t know how many years it will be until this technology is built into our cell phones (a la the LG phonethat has a built in breathalyzer) but I can’t wait. 

Honestly though, this has the potential to be a remarkable breakthrough, allowing easy and low cost cancer screenings.  I’m not really sure why, but it is exciting.

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