Medicine: The Petri Dish And the Patient

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The researchers stress that at least three years will be needed to verify and refine the technique. Says Salmon: "This is not now a clinical test available in every hospital. Until it has had adequate testing, it should be considered only a promising research tool." Still, that promise is exciting. A Journal editorial accompanying the paper notes that "an effective and practical predictive test for antitumor agents would have a profound effect on the treatment of cancer."

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