How Gene-RADAR helps doctors to diagnose infections and cancer in office
Real time diagnosis of infectious diseases and cancer in a physician’s office can help to select best “precision medicine” treatment:
How will physicians benefit from having access to Gene-RADAR technology? We see this is a platform that physicians can use to do real-time diagnosis while the patient is in the doctor’s office, to get real-time information as to what is the diagnosis. In the case of infectious diseases it will affect the true choice of antibiotic therapy. You could do the equivalent of not only trying to diagnose the infection, but perhaps doing resistance testing, if it’s a drug, to map out drug resistance and then give more custom-made, tailored antibiotic therapy. In the case of a pandemic or epidemic like Ebola or Zika, it can help in quarantine or taking other kinds of precautions that can help stop the spread of epidemics before they become full-fledged pandemics. And in the case of things like cancer we’re really interested in this whole area of precision medicine. There’s usually a number of biomarkers based on the genes and the gene expression patterns that can determine how a cancer evolves and how a cancer will react to a particular type of therapy. And by getting real-time information about these molecular markers one can tailor and optimize the efficacy of these treatments and minimize the side effects. So this whole area of personalized or precision medicine. Except we like to call it a precision nano medicine, because you’re really fine-tuning the therapy based on real-time biofeedback loops as to how the patient has reacted. I like think that your DNA is like a piano and your information is not just in your genes, and how they turn on and off, but in the environment that’s talking to how those genes are modulated. And it’s that interplay of the information in the DNA piano, if you will, and the environment that determines the music that’s played by an organism. So for example, two people with the same cancer oncogene could be almost identical genetically, but one could develop cancer and the other wouldn’t, and it could be totally a function of some of the environmental knobs or parameters. And what we’re doing with Gene-RADAR is starting to develop a way to get real-time information about your DNA and RNA markers as a way to give you that information on demand, so you can fine-tune, if you will, your health, your wellness, your efficiency, your fitness based on information that you’re able to capture about yourself in real time. – This is certainly a very compelling vision that everybody will want to utilize! – Absolutely!