An Imaging-Based Biomarker For Childhood Stressors
Tech ID: 22310 / UC Case 2011-102-0
- Utility as a Disease Biomarker
- Identifying individuals who have suffered a wide range of stressors.
- Relating stress history to specific developmental windows and risks in humans.
- Identification of periods of emotional, nutritive, disease, physical, or other environmental stress.
- Utility in Security and Forensics
- Identifying particular individuals with tooth enamel biometrics.
- Forensic dating of stressful insults through a tooth enamel patterns.
- Utility in Animal and Wildlife or Livestock management
- Identifying particular animals for breeding or species management.
- Utility in Population Research / Archaeology
- Anthropological research on contemporary and ancient populations.
- Anthropological research on fossils.
- Research on living and past animal species.
- Research on the effect of wars, environmental, or other disasters.
- Objective records of childhood stressors would potentially be unbiased assessments of health, unlike current self-reporting methods.
- Unlike other biomarkers, tooth enamel is inert and cannot be healed, modified, or collect more stress.
- Teeth capture overlapping enamel records from 4 months in utero to 11 years after birth. Thus, information on environmental stressors during this period could be extracted and used in clinical management of patients.
- The invention provides wide applications to forensics, archaeology, anthropology, and animal management.
State Of Development
- White, Shane N.
Imaging, Biomarkers, Dental, Forensic, Research Tools
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