Fingerprints have long been the gold standard for profiling, and for keeping track of individuals for purposes of security, business, and medical care. But perhaps we've counted on this technique for far too long when there may just be another way of identifying the uniqueness of every person among the billions of individuals belonging to humanity today.
It's time for fingerprints to make way for another definitive trait that can help differentiate every one of the 6.7 billion beings on this earth from one another. The new identity technique is every bit as reliable as the swirls, scars, and grooves that exist on the tips of your fingers. Experts have now found the existence of evidence culled from human studies showing individualized patterns which represent a person's metabolic makeup.
The metabolism consists of myriad chemical processes taking place within one body. The body uses the metabolism to change food calories into useful energy, to grow, to heal injury and disease, utilize medications, and to perform many other functions that are needed to carry out the process of living. Now, Ivano Bertini and his team of colleagues have uncovered much evidence to support the idea that every individual has his own special metabolic profile that is unique to him alone. This may be considered as the biochemical equal to the fingerprint, detected with the help of a simple urine sample, and measured through an assessment of the chemical markings as expressed through the grooves and swirls resulting from the individual's metabolism.
Doctors have long hoped for such a test that may aid them in spotting disease faster and in creating a more individualized treatment plan. A physician might use such a biochemical fingerprint for choosing drugs or treatments that work best for the individual rather than having to settle on a standardized treatment that works well on a majority of patients. An individualized medical treatment plan would have a greater chance of success for the individual.
Before the medical community can employ metabolic fingerprints, physicians will need proof that they remain the same for a long period time, unchanged by any new factors such as disease, medication, or age. The current study looks at evidence from some 1,800 samples of urine submitted during a monitoring period of 2-3 years.
Researchers found they could determine the identity of individuals through their metabolic profiles with 99% accuracy. Researchers believe this study may light the way for the use of metabolic profiling as a means for designing personalized medical treatment plans and care.