Can you recognise a condition at an early stage by analysing an image of the retina? The fact that thousands of people voluntarily participate in this type of research proves that citizens already believe that they are helping to advance the medicine of the future. Scientists are increasingly discovering 'biomarkers' that show that a person is ill, even before they develop symptoms. Biomarkers are linked to a specific condition and the list of reliable biomarkers is growing every day.

In order to know how we could organise preventive healthcare, we need to gain an insight into as many underlying biological processes of the individual human as possible. A long-term and very intensive analysis of all the possible information that an individual can provide about his or her health is therefore necessary.

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