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J. Pers. Med. 2014, 4(1), 79-87; doi:10.3390/jpm4010079

DTC-and-Me: Patient, Provider, Proteins and Regulators

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SomaLogic Inc., 2945 Wilderness Pl., Boulder, CO 80301, USA
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Received: 13 December 2013 / Revised: 6 March 2014 / Accepted: 7 March 2014 / Published: 18 March 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Bringing Personalized Medicine into Clinical Practice)
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The yet-unrealized potential for more “personalized” Direct-to-Consumer (DTC) tests to fundamentally alter the practice and economics of healthcare is undeniable. However, there are also many challenges to be met, including the herculean task of ensuring that the information provided by such tests is scientifically sound and, ideally, medically actionable. We consider recent events in DTC testing and suggest a “thought experiment” of an approach that could ultimately meet the needs of patients, providers and regulatory authorities.
Keywords: proteomics; personalized medicine; SOMAmer; aptamer; SOMAscan; diagnostics; direct-to-consumer proteomics; personalized medicine; SOMAmer; aptamer; SOMAscan; diagnostics; direct-to-consumer
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