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'Screening kit to predict future disease''

A blood testing kit that will enable people to screen themselves for life threatening diseases before they develop symptoms will be available within 10 years reported The Guardian and the Daily Telegraph.

A blood testing kit that will enable people to screen themselves for life threatening diseases before they develop symptoms will be available within 10 years reported The Guardian and the Daily Telegraph.

THE SOURCE: A US biologist has unveiled the prototype of a revolutionary blood test based on a ‘proteomic finger printing'.

The technique will enable levels of around 2,500 proteins to be monitored to enable the health of around 50 different organs and tissues to be monitored.

The test currently costs around £2.50 for each protein, but the inventor, Dr Leroy Hood, the president of the Institute of Systems Biology in Seattle, anticipates the test could be made cheap enough to repeat two or three times per year and be sent for analysis over the internet.

EXPERT VIEW: A spokeswoman for the BMA ethics committee said: ‘We don't know how reliable this is and also with any of these predic-tive tests you do need the input of a health professional just to put the results in context.

Predictive testing can also cause a lot of anxiety and you don't know that it is a 100% chance that you are going to get something, so without a health professional to explain that kind of context it can be very worrying indeed.

Also someone might unduly think they don't have to worry after they get a result.'

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