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A paper diagnostic for cancer

Low-cost urine test developed by MIT engineers amplifies signals from growing tumors to detect disease.
Cancer rates in developing nations have climbed sharply in recent years, and now account for 70 percent of cancer mortality worldwide. Early detection has been proven to improve outcomes, but screening approaches such as mammograms and colonoscopy, used in the developed world, are too costly to be implemented in settings with little medical infrastructure.

To address this gap, MIT

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