4 years ago

Advanced bioanalytics for precision medicine

Mara Mirasoli, Massimo Guardigli, Aldo Roda, Patrizia Simoni, Cristiana Caliceti, Elisa Michelini


Precision medicine is a new paradigm that combines diagnostic, imaging, and analytical tools to produce accurate diagnoses and therapeutic interventions tailored to the individual patient. This approach stands in contrast to the traditional “one size fits all” concept, according to which researchers develop disease treatments and preventions for an “average” patient without considering individual differences. The “one size fits all” concept has led to many ineffective or inappropriate treatments, especially for pathologies such as Alzheimer’s disease and cancer. Now, precision medicine is receiving massive funding in many countries, thanks to its social and economic potential in terms of improved disease prevention, diagnosis, and therapy. Bioanalytical chemistry is critical to precision medicine. This is because identifying an appropriate tailored therapy requires researchers to collect and analyze information on each patient’s specific molecular biomarkers (e.g., proteins, nucleic acids, and metabolites). In other words, precision diagnostics is not possible without precise bioanalytical chemistry. This Trend article highlights some of the most recent advances, including massive analysis of multilayer omics, and new imaging technique applications suitable for implementing precision medicine.

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Precision medicine combines bioanalytical chemistry, molecular diagnostics, and imaging tools for performing accurate diagnoses and selecting optimal therapies for each patient.

Publisher URL: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00216-017-0660-8

DOI: 10.1007/s00216-017-0660-8

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