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#1 Bela

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Posted 28 July 2010 - 03:14 AM

Hello everybody,

I have a very basic question for all of you. I know that a Biomarker is the lab measurement of any biochemical whose activity correlates with the progression of a disease. I have come across the terminology "Marker" in various papers. With this I don't mean DNA or genetic markers. Could anyone pls explain to me me the difference between a Marker and a Biomarker at protein level?

Thanks in advance.

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Posted 28 July 2010 - 01:18 PM

Essentially there is no difference that I am aware of. Biomarker is one of the recent terminologies that people have adopted as it sounds more fancy, and is hence more marketable to lay people as something important.

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Posted 29 July 2010 - 03:12 AM

Yes, I would agree.

You could probably say that all biomarkers are markers, but not all markers are biomarkers :)

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Posted 29 July 2010 - 02:23 PM

[nerdiness] Yay, Venn diagrams [/nerdiness]

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Posted 29 July 2010 - 11:13 PM

You could probably say that all biomarkers are markers, but not all markers are biomarkers :)


And y would you say that? On what basis? Could you pls explain?

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Posted 02 August 2010 - 10:54 PM



You could probably say that all biomarkers are markers, but not all markers are biomarkers :)


And y would you say that? On what basis? Could you pls explain?


Marker can be non-bio-material such as age, clinical signs.

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Posted 05 August 2010 - 12:06 PM

I suppose that the term "biomarker" is to be seen in the context of complex biological systems, diagnostic or monitoring of therapy; the term "marker" could mean anything and should be clear from the context

Edited by Inmost sun, 05 August 2010 - 12:09 PM.





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