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Biomarker Briefs: June 13, 2011

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Biomarker Briefs is an occasionally recurring series highlighting particularly interesting articles on biomarkers and/or personalized medicine.

  • The Ghost of Personalized Medicine
    Drug therapies tailored to the DNA profiles of individual patients could change the face of medicine, but such treatments aren’t commonly used in the clinic.
    [The Scientist]
  • Interpretome: New Online Tools for Analysing Personal Genome Data
    Stanford researchers have developed a set of tools for analyzing personal genomic data. The tools have been released free to the public and can run from within your browser.
    [Genomes Unzipped]
  • A Blood Test for Depression
    Doctors may soon have a more objective way to diagnose and treat depression: a blood test that provides a score between one and nine, with higher scores correlating with an increased probability of a patient having major depressive disorder.
    [Technology Review]
  • A Kidney Injury Biomarker Initiative
    Evidence has been accumulating that several novel biomarkers will become powerful clinical tools for detecting treatment-induced acute kidney injury (AKI) and diagnosing impaired kidney function.
    [IVD Technology]