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J Adolesc. 2012 Aug;35(4):1081-95. doi: 10.1016/j.adolescence.2012.01.005. Epub 2012 Mar 7.

Focus on methodology: salivary bioscience and research on adolescence: an integrated perspective.

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Center for Interdisciplinary Salivary Bioscience Research, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD 21205-2110, USA.


The characterization of the salivary proteome and advances in biotechnology create an opportunity for developmental scientists to measure multi-level components of biological systems in oral fluids and identify relationships with developmental processes and behavioral and social forces. The implications for developmental science are profound because from a single oral fluid specimen, information can be obtained about a broad array of biological systems and the genetic polymorphisms related to their function. The purpose of this review is to provide a conceptual and tactical roadmap for investigators interested in integrating these measurement tools into research on adolescent health and development.

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