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Image: Kidney showing marked pallor of the cortex, contrasting to the darker areas of surviving medullary tissue from a patient who died of acute kidney injury (Photo courtesy of Dr. John Hayman).

Urine Test Predicts Acute Kidney Injury Prognosis

The severity of the acute kidney injury condition can range from minor loss of kidney function to complete kidney failure, and 50% to 60% of people who develop the condition die as a result and this figure has not changed in the last four decades.   More...
04 Mar 2015

Herpes Simplex Virus Molecular Test Receives US FDA Clearance

A leading developer of multiplex polymerase chain reaction technology has announced that its herpes simplex virus types 1 and 2 assay has been granted 510 (k) market clearance.   More...
03 Mar 2015

Gene Test Matches Treatment to Patients with Cancer of Unknown Origin

Cancer of unknown origin is defined as a tumor from a patient presenting with metastatic carcinoma that did not unequivocally originate from a confirmed primary site on the basis of available diagnostic methods.   More...
03 Mar 2015

New PCR Assay Rapidly Diagnoses Myotonic Dystrophy Gene Targets

In a proof-of-principle study, scientists have developed a conventional-PCR diagnostic test that specifically identifies myotonic dystrophy type 1 gene targets from whole blood samples in 15 minutes, obviating the need for prior DNA purification or concentration.  More...
02 Mar 2015
Image: Human males have a single copy of the X-chromosome (Photo courtesy of the University of North Carolina).

Novel X-Linked Intellectual Disability Genes Identified

A novel group of genes on the X-chromosome that when mutated lead to the mental disorder X-linked intellectual disability have been added to list of more than a 100 such genes that had been identified previously.  More...
25 Feb 2015

Transplanted Blood Cell Biomarker Associated with Improved Survival

Among patients with severe aplastic anemia who received stem cell transplant from an unrelated donor, longer leukocyte telomere length, a structure at the end of a chromosome was associated with increased overall survival at five years.  More...
23 Feb 2015
Image: A completely hatched blastocyst of high quality for in vitro fertilization (Photo courtesy of Dr. Richard Sherbahn MD).

Whole Genetic Code of IVF Embryos Scanned for Mutations

Currently, the methods available for preimplantation genetic diagnosis of in vitro fertilized embryos do not detect de novo single-nucleotide and short indel mutations, which have been shown to cause a large fraction of genetic diseases.  More...
23 Feb 2015

Genetic Testing channel of LabMedica brings the latest in molecular genetics, cytogenetics, and epigenetics, and methods from PCR to FISH, and more.


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