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Detection in two seconds

A new high-tech spittoon collects DNA from saliva, making medical research less invasive


 
Detection in two seconds

Verisante

One in seven Canadians will develop skin cancer during their lifetime. The good news is the disease has a high survival rate—if detected early.

Enter the Aura, a world-beating device that detects if a lesion is cancerous in less than two seconds. The technology, developed by the B.C. Cancer Agency and the University of British Columbia, was recently approved by Health Canada. The Aura should be available to health professionals by summer, says Thomas Braun, founder of Vancouver-based Verisante Technology, which licensed the device. It uses a hand-held wand to optically analyze the skin, allowing early detection of deadly melanoma, and more common skin cancers. Variants of the technology are under development for detecting lung, colon, cervical and gastrointestinal cancers. Both in terms of treatment costs and unnecessary biopsies, says Braun, “it’s got great potential to save lives, and save money.”


 
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Detection in two seconds

  1. wrong title macleans

  2. Verisante title is incorrect!  THIS IS PATHETIC REPORTING AND CONSIDERING THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS TECHNOLOGY THIS MAGAZINE SHOULD INDEED DO A FAR BETTER ARTICLE ON THE  VERISANTE COMPANY.

  3. It is Very confusing.  Everybody makes a mistake now and then, nobodys perfect.  How about when you do a follow up correction to this, you do real story perhaps an interview with Mr. Braun. This is Canadian and it needs to be put out there.  I do agree with R. Rogers, this Company and its technology is far to Important for anything less. I invite you to consider the suggestion…

  4. This is a terrible article.  I would have expected much more from Macleans.  

  5. Ken MacQueen,

    I hope this is not an example of your capacity as a journalist — Verisante’s technology has nothing whatsoever to do with spitting into anything. 

    I would have thought that with the importance of this new technology and that fact that it was developed in Canada, would have garned a lot more care in the telling of their story.

    For crying out loud, please correct this goof — what an embarrasment!

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