New Breathalyzer Aims to Predict Cancer


The ReCIVA (as in “respiration collector for in vitro analysis”) breath sampler can detect the kinds of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in people’s breath that are early indicators of lung cancer, colon cancer, and other diseases. It’s meant to substitute for costlier, more invasive CT scans and biopsies.

Eric Topol, director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute, says Owlstone’s early successes make it a leader in the emerging field but that clinical trials and further diagnostic tests are among the remaining hurdles before the technology has a chance to reach the mainstream.

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