Japanese scientists are developing a way to detect cancer using worms and urine
In the Nematode Scent Detection Test, the researchers gathered 242 urine samples and realized that the test had a sensitivity rate of 95.8%.
The nematodes were also able to detect cancer in five of the samples that had not been categorized. For unknown reasons, the roundworms did not react to any of the blood samples in the study.
According to the Japan Times, the scientists involved in the study have partnered with Hitachi to develop a screening device for the test in the hope of making it commercially available as early as 2019.
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