Japanese biotech firm uses roundworms in early screening for pancreatic cancer

Hirotsu Bio Science, a Japanese biotech firm, says it has developed the world’s first early screening test for pancreatic cancer using roundworms.

In November 2022, it launched the “N-NOSE plus Pancreas” test, which uses the worm’s highly sensitive sense of smell. The company edits the worms’ genetic code so that they swim away from pancreatic cancer samples.

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