In April, scientists at Tel Aviv University “printed” the world’s first 3D vascularized heart using a patient’s own cells and biological material. This is just the tip of the medical iceberg. We expect healthcare to change in the next decade as disruptive technologies promise to improve patient outcomes, making medicine more personalized, effective, and interconnected.
The Path to Personal Care: Genetics
How similar do you think you are to a banana? You actually share 60% of your genetic code with this healthy snack. DNA is the core building block of every living thing, and minute changes in genetic codes are responsible for unbelievable differences between us. From 23andMe DNA tests providing personalized reports about your ancestry to Igentify revolutionizing genetic testing and counseling, scientists are harnessing our understanding of genetics to provide real value to society.
Medicine still relies heavily on general population statistics. The doctor evaluates your symptoms, considers your age, weight, family health history, and ultimately determines treatment. But far too often we simply do not respond and return to the doctor, having wasted money, effort, and time.
Soon, medicine will cater therapeutics to the individual. take cancer as an example: today’s treatment plans often include physically removing a tumor. It is an invasive process and falls short of addressing metastasized cancers and their underlying causes. Systemic treatments are limited, and even when they work it can take a number of therapy cycles to find the right drug. In order to prevent that, Barcode Diagnostics designed a patented-protected technology to assist oncologists in identifying the most effective chemotherapy cocktail before the patients’ first treatment.
AlphaTAU is on the cutting-edge of cancer therapy, treating solid tumors with radioactive seeds that release short-lived alpha-emitting atoms. Cancer care of the future will involve evaluating your genome, examining the DNA of your specific cancer, and tailoring a gene therapy treatment that allows your body to fight off the disease at its core.