This article was originally published in Start Up
Pap smears for women are a necessary evil. Early screening is a key reason the number of cervical cancer deaths in developed countries is so much lower than elsewhere in the world. Now, Diamics hopes to offer a molecular diagnostic for cervical cancer at the point-of-care.
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