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J Dent Educ. 2001 Dec;65(12):1335-9.

A revolution in biomedical assessment: the development of salivary diagnostics.

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National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD 20892-2290, USA.


Since the early 1900s, saliva has proven to be a noninvasive medium from which to measure a wide range of hormones, pharmaceuticals, and antibodies. It has also proven to be a convenient source of host and microbial DNA. As we enter the era of genomic medicine, increasing use of salivary diagnostics will help catalyze a shift from disease diagnosis to health surveillance. However, with the advances in this technology comes the additional obligation to ensure the privacy and rights of patients.

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