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Cancer Tests Using Worms Eyed for 2019 at Earliest

Cancer Tests Using Worms Eyed for 2019 at Earliest

   Tokyo, April 19 (Jiji Press)--Kyushu University-launched venture Hirotsu Bio Science Inc. and Hitachi Ltd. <6501> have said they will conduct joint research to put cancer tests using nematodes into practical use as early as late 2019.
   Hitachi will develop automatic analysis equipment for cancer detection utilizing the behavior of the worms that are drawn to the smell of urine from cancer sufferers, according to their joint announcement on Tuesday.
   The pair aims to realize the practical use of the cancer detection method between late 2019 and early 2020. Tests under the method will not be covered by the public medical insurance program.
   "In our clinical research, the accuracy (of the tests) was 90 pct for digestive organs, such as the stomach, large bowel and pancreas," Hirotsu Bio Science President Takaaki Hirotsu, associate professor at Kyushu University, told a press conference in Tokyo Tuesday.
   "Early-stage cancer can also be detected with a high degree of accuracy at a low price," Hirotsu said, expecting a cost of only several thousand yen for each test.

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