The Los Angeles Times
|Oh, like you don't already have one of these stored under your bathroom sink.|
has sniffed out an article published today
in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute
, in which researchers from Baylor University Medical Center on Gaston Ave. and Japan write about a new test that diagnoses various gastrointestinal cancers by analyzing DNA fragments in feces. All you gotta do is keep your crap in a baggie. (No jarring
, please.) Here's the official summary: "Our novel fecal DNA methylation assay provides a possible means to noninvasively screen not only for colorectal tumors but also for gastric tumors." And The Times
's easier-to-understand how-to:
This was a hands-on project. According to a study published today in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, "Patients were instructed to collect an aliquot of feces using a paper spoon and to store it in a hermetically sealed plastic container." The container was then sealed in a Ziploc bag and stored overnight in the volunteer's refrigerator or freezer, then brought to a hospital the next day.
Which means ....? No more colonoscopies! Well, OK, maybe
: Those few dozen volunteers who scooped their poop were subjected to a few false positives and false negatives. Still, says an accompanying editorial in the Journal
, it's big news
for those researching the possibilities of fecal DNA. Which, of course, is also a band name!