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The one hundred honoree: Mehmet Toner, PhD

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The one hundred honoree: Mehmet Toner, PhD

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He has developed a microchip to capture extremely rare circulating tumor cells (CTCs) in cancer patients. This technol­ogy promises to diagnose cancer earlier and to monitor and guide treatment. Scientists have tried for decades to isolate these cells, which circulate at a rate of one in a billion cells. In the future, when the CTC chip becomes clinically available, a blood sample will be enough to detect cancer cells long before a tumor recurs.