Tonight on ‘Catalyst:’ Researchers work on new test to check health
May 9, 2018
Developed at ASU’s Biodesign Institute in Tempe, a new science called immunosignatures has been found to create a bigger and fuller picture of one’s health from just a drop a blood, and tonight “Catalyst” speaks to the researchers behind the science.
The immunosignatures can be found through one drop of blood or just a swab of saliva. The test lays out the billion different kinds of antibodies a human carries at any give time. Antibodies are what attacks infections and protects against disease. The signature shows how much of each kind of antibody you have, and it helps to detect an infection before the person starts having symptoms.
“Probably the most important advance we can have in health generally for the whole world is early detection of disease,” Director of Center for Innovations in Medicine Stephen Johnston, Ph.D says. “We can just take a drop of blood and measure the antibodies that you have in your system at the time.”
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