Liquid biopsy: monitoring cancer-genetics in the blood

@article{Crowley2013LiquidBM,
  title={Liquid biopsy: monitoring cancer-genetics in the blood},
  author={Emily Crowley and Federica Di Nicolantonio and Fotios Loupakis and Alberto Bardelli},
  journal={Nature Reviews Clinical Oncology},
  year={2013},
  volume={10},
  pages={472-484}
}
Cancer is associated with mutated genes, and analysis of tumour-linked genetic alterations is increasingly used for diagnostic, prognostic and treatment purposes. The genetic profile of solid tumours is currently obtained from surgical or biopsy specimens; however, the latter procedure cannot always be performed routinely owing to its invasive nature. Information acquired from a single biopsy provides a spatially and temporally limited snap-shot of a tumour and might fail to reflect its… 

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