Why Proteins Are Important
“One should see life as consisting of a script, which is DNA, and the actors, which are largely proteins…”
– James Watson, Nobel Laureate and Co-Discoverer of the Structure of DNA
Proteins are the direct, real-time indicators of the state of a biological system. While DNA can tell us that a person is likely to develop a given disease at some point in life, it is proteins that signal whether that same person is actually developing the disease at a given point in time.
This distinction matters. The ability to detect and quantify subtle changes in proteins holds the potential to accurately identify the right time for treatments to be applied – neither so early that side-effects and costs are endured when they are not required, nor so late that the debilitating impact of the disease can no longer be avoided.
But before this potentially revolutionary impact on medical care can be realised, tools that enable proteins to be characterised rapidly, accessibly, sensitively, quantitatively and comprehensively are required.
Fluidic Analytics is striving to develop these tools.