In the near future, salivary proteins may replace blood tests as a diagnostic tool. Researchers spend large amounts of time cataloguing “the complete salivary proteome”, which is a set of proteins in human saliva. Research in saliva proteomics and diagnostics is part of a nationwide effort to create a map of every human protein and every protein interaction, to see how they contribute to health and disease and how they act as markers for disease states. Following instructions encoded by genes, protein make up the body’s organs and regulate cellular processes. Defining exact protein pathways on a comprehensive level will enable the development of early diagnostic testing and precise drug design.
What ever happened to mandatory blood tests in the United States before allowing a marriage? I have researched blood test requirements by state online and it appears that most do not require one at all now.
Looking into past blood test requirements I found out that: In the 1930s & 40s, blood testing to screen for syphilis and or rubella became a prerequisite for obtaining a marriage license in most states.Sexually transmitted diseases were extremely common during that time. Premarital blood tests identified those who were infected and gave them a chance to seek medical treatment before infecting their future spouse. While rubella is not a serious disease for adults, it can be extremely dangerous to an unborn fetus. Premarital testing for rubella was designed to protect the health of a newlywed couple’s unborn children.
This raises the question “Why don’t all states require blood testing still? With increased infection rates of HIV/AIDS, Herpes, etc. this appears to be a healthy provision. It is my understanding that the goal to keep the majority healthy and safe is to prevent further spread of such disease…