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Interfacing biology and computing for health: the future of home diagnostics.

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  • 1Department of Dermatology and Center for Future Health, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, USA.


Major advances in science and technology are converging to enable the development of a broad range of diagnostic aids for use in the home. These range from devices designed to diagnose infectious disease, to real-time continuous monitoring of endogenous biomarkers for cancer, cardiovascular health, and the like. This chapter briefly reviews some of the technical, biological, and social challenges associated with home diagnostic aids. In addition to providing several scenarios of how such devices might be used, we describe our own efforts in this area.

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