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Could a breathalyzer detect cancer? - Julian Burschka


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How is it that a breathalyzer can measure the alcohol content in someone’s blood, hours after they had their last drink, based on their breath alone? And could we use this same technology to detect disease by analyzing a person’s breath, without having to use more invasive diagnostic tools like biopsies, blood draws, and radiation? Julian Burschka details the complicated process.

How many different types of volatile organic compounds does exhaled human breath typically contain?

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Meet The Creators

  • Educator Julian Burschka
  • Director Cabong Studios, Isaac Santos, Daniel Mauad
  • Narrator Addison Anderson
  • Animator Isaac Santos
  • Character Designer Isaac Santos, Daniel Mauad
  • Storyboard Artist Isaac Santos, Daniel Mauad
  • Art Director Isaac Santos, Daniel Mauad
  • Illustrator Daniel Mauad, Kelvin Lima, Jotta Andrade, Victor Goularte
  • Sound Designer Matheus Wittmann
  • Composer Matheus Wittmann
  • Director of Production Gerta Xhelo, Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Producer Alex Rosenthal, Alex Rosenthal
  • Associate Producer Bethany Cutmore-Scott
  • Associate Editorial Producer Elizabeth Cox
  • Script Editor Eleanor Nelsen
  • Fact-Checker Eden Girma

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