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Posted Nov 10 2008 4:20pm

  Blood, spit and tears...more saliva based tests in the works...even a potential test for breast cancer by use of saliva testing...BD 

CHICAGO - U.S. researchers have identified all 1,116 unique proteins found in human saliva glands, a discovery they said on Tuesday could usher in a wave of convenient, spit-based diagnostic tests that could be done without the need for a single drop of blood. image

As many as 20 percent of the proteins that are found in saliva are also found in blood, said Fred Hagan, a researcher at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York who worked on the study. Like a genome, which lists all of the genes in an organism, a proteome is a complete map of proteins. While genes provide the instruction manual, proteins carry out the instructions by regulating cellular processes.

This is potentially a large field that has many clinical implications in the area of disease diagnostics,” said Hagan, whose work was published in the Journal of Proteome Research.

Testing for disease could be easy as spit - Health care- msnbc.com

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