Early cancer detection via blood screening, by Illumina
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January 11, 2016
GRAIL's mission is to detect cancer early, when it can be cured.
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I think its GRAIL and not GARIL
This one should really be at the top of ProductHunt.
Great article on Grail in MIT Technology Review -
great article thanks! One of the major problems historically is that the DNA mutations that are released are very trace, I've heard the analogy "needle in the haystack" more than once. Hopefully they can make their test something routine like a paps exam, now if we could get insurance on board :(
I'm bullish, Illumina has the tech to succeed and scale where (many) others have failed.
A very good initiative. But what matters most is what will be the pricing for a single test. If it ends up being priced like the BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations test then point is lost. One other thought is the psychological impact of such a test. There is a very good possibility that most people who takes this test might end up being positive for some sort of cancer. Although you might not have contracted cancer you might end being treating yourself like one, right?
"At least half of all cancers in the United States are diagnosed in Stage III and Stage IV, leading to lower survival rates. Detecting cancer at the earliest stages dramatically increases the probability of a cure and long-term survival." - Huge potential here. I believe GRAIL is poised for rapid global scale. It imposes no limitation to how many times a person can go for screening as their screening is free from radiation exposures and invasive procedures. Good luck.
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