The year is 2035. You walk into your local medical clinic and draw blood for a standard blood test.
What could that blood test possibly tell you?
It tells you that your blood pressure is a little high — and that you’ve got a Vitamin C deficiency. Expected. But this blood test doesn’t stop there — nuh-uh, the year is 2035.
And in 2035, blood tests don’t sweat the standard stuff. No, blood tests in 2035 can not only tell you about the changes in physical states — like high blood pressure — in your body but your mental states too. This blood tests can tell you whether you’re suicidal or not with a 97% ACCURACY, or track how a patients Alzheimer’s is progressing.
Oh, and forget about 2035. This stuff is being done today, in 2019.
A Little Bit of Perspective
Let me just get this straight with you. A vial of BLOOD can give you information on your MENTAL state. A VIAL OF BLOOD.
Just a century ago, we’d be draining this much blood for no real reason. You might know this as bloodletting. Today, however — that blood is talking to us with some very useful information.
Are YOU excited right now? If you are somehow not — A. You’re a robot, or B. You need to get up right now and do 5 jumping jacks. Maybe a couple of pushups. Maybe punch your fists in the air, WHO KNOWS. Just GET EXCITED. Because this is worth being excited for— for real.
What’s Behind This — And Is It Magic?
Firstly, no — this isn’t magic at hand. I know, I’d also love a bit of wingardium leviosa or abracadabra to turn my blood into a magical stream of information.
There’s no need for magic, however — when your blood is filled with biomarkers.
Remember the whole “get excited” thing I just said? Well, this is what you should be EXCITED for.
Biomarkers Are Indicators Of The Presence or State of Disease
What are biomarkers? (hint: the subtitle ^)
The answer is really simple:
They’re any measurable indicator of the state or presence of a disease or psychological state. Still confused?
Imagine that your body is a car. Like your body, a car has a lot of moving parts and internal functions. A lot. Things constantly can — and do — go wrong. Deflated tires, low gas, electric defects. Just like your body can get fevers, develop cancer or run low on insulin.
Just like a car has warning signals — such as the fuel tank sign to indicate low gas, or the seat belt chime to warn you of an unfastened seatbelt — your body also has certain “warning signals” which indicate if somethings come up in your body.
These warning signals in your body are called biomarkers.
Biomarkers are not super complicated. Not always. Odds are that you probably know of a few biomarkers yourself.
Take your body temperature for one — it’s considered a biomarker. Generally, higher body temperatures can tell you that your body has developed a fever or other illness.
Since biomarkers are essentially an indicator for a change in a state in your body, there’s a pretty wide definition for what actually counts as a biomarker.
A biomarker can range from being a protein, cell, enzyme, molecule to even a gene. It’s anything measurable that can show a correlation in a change in a state in your body.
It’s a simple concept, but the possibilities range wayyy further than just blood pressure levels or temperature……Read More>>