This medical video focus' on how making sure everyone has a health finger print could help in the future with any bio terrorism threat.
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Jennifer Mathews: Biological agents are out there, finding those exposed before symptom show could be in the difference between life and death. Dr. Stephen Albert Johnston: The earlier could detect the infected people from the non-infected people the better, both in treatment and in herbing for the spread of something that was potentially infectious. Jennifer Mathews: Researchers, Stephen Albert Johnston says a fingerprint of a person's health called a biosignature could be the answer. Dr. Stephen Albert Johnston: The idea is that, someone would have an instrument that they might even put their hand in or might take a small amount of blood or saliva and from that we get a complex view of all the components in that in their system. Jennifer Mathews: That initial biosignature could then be compared to one taken in the future. Any health changes even if the cellular level would be detected, treatment could be started immediately. Researchers are now studying biosignatures in mice, if the technology works it could be used for people in the next few years. Male Speaker: It would be a good thing to have that technology readily at your disposal. Female Speaker: There was any kind of a news of local breakout of any kind of threatening disease, I would probably want to be able to test myself that would be great. Dr. Stephen Albert Johnston: There is a very high risk or potentially high yield research area. Jennifer Mathews: Success couldn't come in a better time. This is Jennifer Mathews reporting.