The Autodoc’s Forerunner December 21, 2012Posted by stuffilikenet in Awesome, Geek Stuff, Science, Star Trek Technology.
Human health is usually described in general terms, based on averages of humans. After a hundred years of recordkeeping we have a fair idea of what an average man or woman should have in terms of height, weight, red and white cell counts, glucose levels, cholesterols good and bad, liver enzyme levels, potassium and sodium…you probably haven’t had this blood work done lately, but I have and believe me, this information is stored somewhere, and more is being collected all the time. It won’t be long before some data-harvesting medical company gets laws written to allow them to aggregate this information to provide them with diagnostic information…and then they will want more.
You think this is some kind of weird digression, but it isn’t. The graphic above is a 50-point assay (see the little red bars?) existing today which can examine most of the diagnostic panel I mentioned above using tiny little bits of antibodies, catalase, red dye and some H2O2. A drop is introduced, the antibodies cling to matching antigens (RNA or DNA chunks, lipids, whatever) and the catalase is activated. The H2O2 reacts forming O2 which pushes the red dye up the capillaries proportionally to the antigen (or whatever). Run a few calibrations and you have a good health snapshot of a human at some point in time.
Run two a year for life on thousands of people (and lots more moieties), match it to health outcomes for each person and have neural networking algorithms find correlations and you can now diagnose years in advance of some cancers, rare conditions, psychiatric disorders—all pretty inexpensively (when the patents on these antibodies expire)
Right, that’s sorted. Now I need some funding.
Multiplexed volumetric bar-chart chip for point-of-care diagnostics, Yujun Song, Yuanqing Zhang, Paul E. Bernard, James M. Reuben, Naoto T. Ueno, Ralph B. Arlinghaus, Youli Zu& and Lidong Qin, Nature Communications 3, Article number: 1283 doi:10.1038/ncomms2292