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University of Iowa researchers find unexpected toughness may mark out cancer cells in the blood

  • Posted: December 4, 2012

A University of Iowa study suggests that cancer cells are more resistant than normal cells to the powerful fluid forces found in the bloodstream. This resistance to fluid shear stress could provide a biomarker to improve detection and monitoring of circulating cancer cells in blood.

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