Common to Southeast Asia is a small flatworm that you can pick up from eating raw or undercooked fish. Infection with this parasite will predispose you to a cancer of the bile ducts.
Jordan had been looking at microRNA (miRNA) in blood samples for biomarkers to diagnose this cancer. FirePlex® allowed Jordan to evaluate miRNA from small samples faster and more cost-effectively than traditional methods which require large samples and are tricky to run. It has helped him identify a useful biomarker for this cancer, with the potential for patients to get earlier clinical treatment through earlier diagnosis. FirePlex® looks set to help with the ongoing development of an affordable diagnostic for this disease and other similar infection-related cancers.