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Pores for thought

A team from Nottingham looks at intraoperative molecular diagnosis of brain tumours using nanopore sequencing.

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Brain tumours are the leading cause of cancer death in those under 40 years old. They can be challenging to diagnose pathologically, often needing complex molecular testing that can mean a wait of weeks for patients. Using nanopore sequencing, we have developed an ultrafast nanopore-based diagnostic pipeline that cuts that wait to a couple of hours, meaning the diagnosis is available before the operation is over. As laboratory scientists and pathologists, the technology has the potential to allow us to do our job – of predicting the future for our patients – all the more quickly and accurately and so inform treatment from the very beginning – when knife hits brain.

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