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Predictive Health by Michael M. E. Johns, Kenneth L. Brigham

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CHAPTER 7

Biomarkers and Biobanks

TO BE A HUMAN being and live on Earth is to risk developing a disease at some point in your life. And there is an enormous list of possibilities; the catalog of human diseases used by medical people as a code (The International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, 10th Revision) lists thousands. It would be nice to avoid them all and just drop dead (as our friend Ms. Echt suggested) of natural causes at a ripe old age. That may be unlikely for most of us. However, if we had some warning, a signal that we were at risk before things went wrong, then it might be possible to take evasive action and perhaps avoid the brunt of the threat. In fact, a whole industry is emerging that aims ...

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