A generic research paradigm for identification and validation of early molecular diagnostics and new therapeutics in common disorders.
ABSTRACT Genetically complex disorders continue to confound investigators because of their many underlying factors, both genetic and environmental. In order to tease apart the heritable from the non-heritable contributions to disease, clinicians are relying on researchers in the rapidly expanding fields of high-throughput genomics to identify surrogate clinical endpoints, called biomarkers, that provide a measure of the probability that an individual will succumb to the disease in question. The goals of current biomedical research into complex disorders are to identify and utilize these biomarkers, not only for early detection, but also for personalized treatment with knowledge-guided therapeutics. As the identification of these biomarkers is basically a problem of discovery, we discuss new insights into biomarker detection utilizing the most current genomic technologies available. Additionally, we present here a generic paradigm for the validation of such molecular diagnostics as well as new treatment modalities for complex and increasingly common diseases. Lastly, we delve into the ways genomic biomarkers might be implemented in a clinical setting to allow the subsequent application of targeted therapeutics, which can help the ever expanding groups of individuals experiencing these insidious diseases.
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