If the expression ‘looking for a needle in a haystack’ applies to anyone, it is to Prof. John Martens of the Erasmus MC Cancer Institute. He and his team search for fragments of cancer in body fluids. These liquid biopsies teach them a lot about cancer patients and their tumors.
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In a joint research project with Delft University of Technology and Leiden University Medical Center, internist-oncologist Stefan Sleijfer is looking for a drug that can prevent cancer from spreading. Remarkable: the researchers are searching in a library of substances that are already used in daily practice.