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FORBES: A Single Blood Test For All Cancers? Illumina, Bill Gates And Jeff Bezos Launch Startup To Make It Happen

By Matthew Herper, Forbes Staff, I cover science and medicine, and believe this is biology’s century.

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What if a simple blood test could detect any cancer early, when it was still easy to treat?

It sounds like science fiction. But Illumina ILMN -0.26%, the $24 billion (market cap) biotechnology company that has pioneered cheap, efficient sequencing of DNA, says it could be a reality in a few years. It is launching a new startup, GRAIL (because such a test would be a holy grail for cancer doctors), with $100 million in funding. Illumina will hold a majority share. Other backers include Sutter Hill Ventures, ARCH Ventures, Jeff Bezos’ Bezos Expeditions and Bill Gates. The startup could have vast medical, economic and societal implications–if the technology really works.

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SOURCE: https://www.forbes.com/sites/matthewherper/2016/01/10/a-single-blood-test-for-all-cancers-illumina-bill-gates-and-jeff-bezos-launch-startup-to-make-it-happen/#61def4dcc53a

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