Cleveland Clinic Joins Genome Study Looking for Patients Both Healthy and with Cancer


In Ohio, the Cleveland Clinic joined the Circulating Cell-free Genome Atlas, a national clinical trial that is looking for 7,000 cancer patients and 3,000 healthy patients in the U.S. Their goal is to analyze DNA and RNA in the blood and build a database that will help with detecting cancer early on when it is easier to cure. Researchers believe that using genome sequencing from blood samples could possibly replace x-rays for early cancer detection. Funded by a company in California, GRAIL, Inc., the project will be looking for molecule patterns in the blood for specific types of cancers.