The Journal of the American Dental Association this month reports a study at UCLA that identified salivary biomarkers for pancreatic cancer. Dr. David Wong, previously featured in this blog, in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, conducted a study on mice which showed that pancreatic tumor derived molecules are transported from the source of the tumor into saliva as biomarkers. The importance of the study is that systemic disease can be detected in saliva, which represents a significantly less invasive diagnostic test than previous methods.
Source: JADA, Jan 1, 2014, vol. 145, p. 20
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