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04 July 2012
Vol 4, Issue 141

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ONLINE COVER Flagging Down Tumor Cells. Cancer cells present in your bloodstream could indicate tumor metastasis to other sites in the body. To detect these rare, circulating tumor cells (CTCs), Issadore and colleagues attached magnetic nanoparticles to CTCs found in the blood of ovarian cancer patients. These cells were then flowed through a magnetic microdevice where they acquired a magnetic moment, as is colorfully depicted on this week's cover. The magnetic fields of the patients' CTCs were then identified and quantified. The hope is to eventually deploy this microdevice to the clinic, where CTC burden could correlate with cancer progression. See the related Perspective by Lang. [CREDIT: C. BICKEL/SCIENCE TRANSLATIONAL MEDICINE]

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ONLINE COVER Flagging Down Tumor Cells. Cancer cells present in your bloodstream could indicate tumor metastasis to other sites in the body. To detect these rare, circulating tumor cells (CTCs), Issadore and colleagues attached magnetic nanoparticles to CTCs found in the blood of ovarian cancer patients. These cells were then flowed through a magnetic microdevice where they acquired a magnetic moment, as is colorfully depicted on this week's cover. The magnetic fields of the patients' CTCs were then identified and quantified. The hope is to eventually deploy this microdevice to the clinic, where CTC burden could correlate with cancer progression. See the related Perspective by Lang. [CREDIT: C. BICKEL/SCIENCE TRANSLATIONAL MEDICINE]