The research project
Dmitry and his team at the University of East Anglia are developing a genetic blood test which they hope could be used to detect prostate cancer in Black men. Their previous research has shown that prostate cancer tumours leave a genetic imprint on blood cells, which can then be detected using a similar PCR technique to that used for Covid tests.
The team will be using new technology that combines DNA testing with machine learning algorithms to search for specific genetic imprints in the blood of Black patients and compare them to their white counterparts, and a control group without cancer. These genetic imprints will then be picked up through a blood test.
The genetic blood tests would be rapid, minimally invasive, accurate and cheap so if successful, most hospitals would be able to carry them out.