Peter Kuhn and James Hicks of the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience Bridge Institute on October 23rd, 2014. (Credit: Ryan Young)

Peter Kuhn and James Hicks of the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience Bridge Institute on October 23rd, 2014. (Credit: Ryan Young)

Peter Kuhn (left) and James Hicks (right) have devised a way to test for cancer cells in the blood through what they have dubbed “a liquid biopsy.” In addition to being less costly and uncomfortable for patients, the method may also be more sensitive and effective at identifying circulating tumor cells than any of their existing competitors. (Credit: Ryan Young)