Android Chick, Don't you wanna?The future of medicine is data driven.

Let's face it - life is a race against time. As we face another year of poor TV, poor people and just well, being poor, we can morbidly face our own mortality or we can can work to preserve a lasting legacy.  Many people would rather die gracefully, enjoying an eventual decline, but there are many whom are willing to fight time with every tool they have and that;'s where we see the future of medicine today.  In the age old race to beat old age, the following are 5 major trends in Bio-Tech Medicine that will come about in 2016.

1. Precision Medicine

Building off of recent genome therapy discoveries, targeted medicine is based on a specific gene sequence or another specific variant unique to an individual. Because of the vast amounts of genomic data that is being collected, doctors are becoming able to understand why certain medications or treatments work for some people and not others.

“We’re drowning in data. Sitting in that data are the next drugs, the next therapeutics and the next diagnostics, waiting for us to find them,” says Atul Butte, MD, Ph.D, director of the UCSF Institute for Computational Sciences.

What this means for the future of medicine is less harmful treatments and quicker diagnosis of issues, something we could all benefit from, especially those of us that are alive and kicking on Obamacare.

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2. Lab grown Organoids will accelerate disease research

In the near future, like tomorrow, we will use our own cells for drug testing and treatment discovery.  Animal testing can only take us so far into the insights of the human body.  This is, of course, better than animal testing if you are covered for the procedure.  If not? well ahh... just take the blue pill you will be fine. 

“There are human aspects of brain diseases that just aren’t captured by animal models," says Arnold Kriegstein, MD, Ph.D, director of Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regeneration Medicine and Stem Cell Research. "I think patient-derived organoids are exactly what the field needs to understand what makes humans different and lead us towards cures.” 


Using stem cells, medical science will find out how your body and specifically your cells react to any given medication


3. Medical Science will diversify 

“Minorities are under-represented in clinical studies," says Esteban Burchard, MD, MPH, professor of bio-engineering. "We cannot reduce the burden of these diseases without addressing science’s diversity problem.”

It seems that the medical professionals have mostly focused on the people of caucasian persuasion, no real inquiry so far on many of the other types of people in the world.  This is going to dramatically change.  The more we understand about the human genome, the more we will find individuated solutions to our medical problems.


4. Targeted drug delivery will breach the blood brain barrier

“For years, neurologists have wrestled with a quandary: Do drugs for certain brain conditions fall short because they’re ineffective, or do they simply fail to cross the blood-brain barrier?” says Krystof Bankiewicz, MD, Ph.D, professor of neurosurgery.

The next phase of mechanistic health thinking has to do with the molecular delivery of chemicals to targeted, specific receptors that are absorbed readily into the brain.  


5. Insight into biology of mental illness

“Serious mental illnesses are not fundamentally different from heart disease, cancer or epilepsy — we just don’t understand them well enough yet," says Matthew State, MD, chair of the Department of Psychiatry.

In short,  the 'Age of Bioinformatics' will begin

“We want to turn drug discovery on its head. Instead of engineering a drug to target the unique mutations in a tiny subset of cancers, we start with the drugs we already have and find all the mutations they’re effective against,” says Sourav Bandyopadhyay, Ph.D, assistant professor of bio-engineering and therapeutic sciences.

All of this is conveniently building up to the tran-shuman future of 'the engineers' greatest dreams.  For those who don't know yet, the Trans-humanists are almost ready to rule the roost. The 2045 project has created milestones for progress in the pathway to trans-human paradise and this precision medicine of the future based on reams of data goes to show that we are just the nanobots from the future that your mother warned you about.

2045 project milestones

2045 isn't too far away