Volume 89 Issue 30 | pp. 40-43
Issue Date: July 25, 2011

Biomarkers Wanted

Discovery of potential diagnostic tools has been plagued with problems
Department: Science & Technology
Keywords: biomarkers, proteomics, cancer, disease, diagnostics

A search for scholarly articles with the word “biomarkers” can yield more than half-a-million hits. Such a search may not say much about the content of those papers, but it does suggest that scientists are putting a lot of effort into discovering molecules that can be used to diagnose diseases, preferably in easily accessible fluids such as blood or urine. Few candidate biomarkers progress beyond that initial discovery, however. And even those that proceed beyond . . .

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