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expectorated matter

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The median duration of viral excretion was 3 weeks in sputa and 4 weeks in stool samples.
For example, PCP, has been used to detect mutant DNAs in neoplastic exfoliated cells; mutations have been detected in ras genes present in stool samples obtained from patients with colorectal cancel, and in p53 from the urine of patients with bladder cancer and in the sputa of patients with lung cancer.
Therefore, assays should be tailored to detect a small number of abnormal cells or molecules among a large number of normal cells or molecules in biological fluids, such as in colonic washes of the gastrointestinal tract, in sputa, and in bronchial biopsies.