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Issue

Thursday, February 7, 2019


In The News


As larger players in molecular diagnostics take advantage of recent headwinds in the laboratory field and seek out acquisition opportunities in 2019, others are gearing up to promote new assays and expand their footprint in the arenas of cancer, genomics, and reproductive health. Heavy hitters such as Quest Diagnostics, LabCorp,…
Genetic testing has been touted as a vital technology for detecting breast cancer in early stages, holding the promise of more targeted treatment options and improved patient outcomes. Concerned that national testing guidelines are missing at-risk women, some experts are calling for broad usage of expanded, multigene testing panels. Others,…

AACC Alert


Clinical laboratory professionals seeking to enhance their knowledge and learn in depth about best practices have turned enthusiastically for years to AACC’s Professional Practice in Clinical Chemistry conference. This popular and highly regarded educational mainstay will be marking its reboot in April, redesigned for 2019 to take advantage of new…

CLN Connect


Gaining support from physicians, information technology specialists and administrative executives is key to establishing a successful laboratory stewardship program. Cultivating stewardship champions “has benefits far beyond” the program itself, writes Elise Occhipinti, MD, laboratory medicine director at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans, in the January/February Clinical Laboratory News.

Inside AACC


The AACC Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) may be the association’s largest conclave each year, but AACC’s 21 local sections offer members equally productive opportunities for in-person gatherings closer to their homes. These regionally organized groups of members sponsor educational and professional events, emphasize informal networking, and recognize members’ research and…
An approach that integrates extreme polymerase chain reaction (PCR), high-resolution melting (HSM), and real-time fluorescence monitoring edges PCR-based molecular diagnostics ever further to a point-of-care assay. A team of investigators reported on this technological breakthrough in Clinical Chemistry, describing their success in achieving real-time genotyping results.

Practice Management


Inconsistencies in laboratory confirmation practices to measure the analytical validity of pharmacogenetic (PGx) tests would benefit from centralized guidelines, an international team of experts recommended in Clinica Chimica Acta. Given that different gene-drug interactions can have different consequences for patients, such guidelines may need to be specified per gene and…

World View


Rapidly identifying and treating individuals with HIV with antiretroviral therapies (ART) remains a challenge in resource-poor countries. Despite advances in ART administration, current strategies have fallen short in finding and preventing opportunistic infections (OI) in patients who first present in later stages of HIV infection. In PLOS One, a team…