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Genomics Proteomics Bioinformatics. 2012 Aug;10(4):181-5. doi: 10.1016/j.gpb.2012.08.004. Epub 2012 Aug 23.

Systems approaches to biology and disease enable translational systems medicine.

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Institute for Systems Biology, Seattle, WA 98109-5234, USA. Leroy.Hood@systemsbiology.org

Abstract

The development and application of systems strategies to biology and disease are transforming medical research and clinical practice in an unprecedented rate. In the foreseeable future, clinicians, medical researchers, and ultimately the consumers and patients will be increasingly equipped with a deluge of personal health information, e.g., whole genome sequences, molecular profiling of diseased tissues, and periodic multi-analyte blood testing of biomarker panels for disease and wellness. The convergence of these practices will enable accurate prediction of disease susceptibility and early diagnosis for actionable preventive schema and personalized treatment regimes tailored to each individual. It will also entail proactive participation from all major stakeholders in the health care system. We are at the dawn of predictive, preventive, personalized, and participatory (P4) medicine, the fully implementation of which requires marrying basic and clinical researches through advanced systems thinking and the employment of high-throughput technologies in genomics, proteomics, nanofluidics, single-cell analysis, and computation strategies in a highly-orchestrated discipline we termed translational systems medicine.

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23084773
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PMC3844613
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10.1016/j.gpb.2012.08.004
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