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Image: Dried blood spots are used to screen newborns for a number of rare inherited conditions. A new dried blood spot screening test has been developed for Niemann-Pick type C, a rare neurodegenerative condition that usually is not diagnosed until after damage to brain cells has begun (Photo courtesy of Washington University School of Medicine).

Newborn Screening Test Developed For Deadly Neurological Disorder

A newborn screening test has been introduced that identifies infants with Niemann-Pick disease type C, an often fatal condition in which cholesterol builds up and eventually destroys brain cells.... Read more

Genetic Tests

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Image: The BioMek FXP automation workstation (Photo courtesy of Beckman Coulter).

Innovative Gene Testing Technology Finds Cancer Risks

A new method has been developed for identifying mutations and prioritizing variants in breast and ovarian cancer genes, which will not only reduce the number of possible variants for doctors to investigate,... Read more

Pathology

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Image: A photomicrograph of an abnormal Pap smear showing changes consistent with Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and Mild Dysplasia. Note the irregular perinuclear cytoplasmic clearing, which is the key characteristic of identifying HPV visually on a Pap smear (Photo courtesy of Dr. Cynthia D Booth, MD).

Combining Two Diagnostic Tests Drastically Reduces Cancer Miss Rates

The Papanicolaou (Pap) test is recommended for women between 21 and 65 years old as a screening test for cervical cancer. Women 30 and older who are negative on co-testing may wait as long as five years... Read more

Lab Tech.

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Image: Candida albicans growing on Sabouraud agar (Photo courtesy of Dr. William Kaplan / CDC).

Chemical Sensor Rapidly Detects Fungal Infections

An elevated concentration of D-arabitol, a simple sugar alcohol, in urine, especially compared to that of L-arabitol or creatinine, is indicative of a fungal infection, which can become deadly.... Read more

Industry News

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R-Biopharm and Merck Partner on Companion Diagnostics

R-Biopharm AG (Darmstadt, Germany) and Merck KGaA (Darmstadt, Germany) have entered into an agreement that constitutes their first collaboration, which will initially focus on developing and launching companion diagnostics. Companion diagnostics play a central role in personalized medicine by helping to find specific... Read more
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