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A Collaborative Team Works to Better Identify & Diagnose Cancer

This is Science Today. The University of California, Davis Cancer Center is collaborating with the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in a research partnership that combines the expertise of physicians and engineers. Dennis Matthews, who directs a Center for Biotechnology at the Livermore Lab and is associate director of the UC Davis Cancer Center says one of the projects they're working on is to develop techniques to identify cancer cells and even, cancer stem cells.

Matthews:      There are some theories out there that cancer stem cells may actually be what causes cancer to be ultimately a diffuse disease. That's speculative, not everybody agrees on that yet.

Narrator:        So, Matthews says the team is working on cell characterization, or identification.

Matthews:      We also have developed some new endoscope technologies, which are being proved out by the Cancer Center. In particular, for cystoscopes to be able to do real-time biopsies; basically for the bladder, looking for bladder cancer. But it can be used for other endoscopic applications: colon cancer, esophageal cancer and so forth.

Narrator:        For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.