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Molecular Diagnostics

Image: A histopathology of Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Placentitis (Photo courtesy of Dr. Ed Uthman).

Newborn Screening for CMV Remains Controversial

Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is the most common infectious cause of congenital sensorineural hearing loss, which leads to speech and language delay and the virus also causes microcephaly, developmental disability, and vision abnormalities. More...
03 May 2017
Image: The SLAN Real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) detection system (Photo courtesy of Shanghai Hongshi Medical Technology).

Multiplex Molecular Assays for Respiratory Viruses Evaluated

Acute respiratory infections (ARI) are one of the major causes of mortality worldwide, and approximately half are caused by respiratory viruses (RV). There are several types of tests for detection of these viruses. More...
02 May 2017
Image: Researchers reanalyzed raw bacterial DNA sequence data from several studies and confirmed previously reported types of bacteria associated with colorectal cancer and identified other bacteria not previously associated with the disease (Photo courtesy of Baylor College of Medicine).

Panel of Gut Bacteria Diagnostic for Colorectal Cancer

Reanalysis and standardization of data from several published studies has enabled a team of molecular microbiologists to identify a panel of gut microflora that is more prevalent in the stools of patients with colorectal cancer than it is in the stools of normal individuals. More...
01 May 2017
Image: The illumigene Malaria is a diagnostic test for malaria that uses Loop-Mediated Isothermal Amplification (LAMP) technology to amplify DNA and detect the presence of the malaria parasite (Photo courtesy of Meridian Bioscience).

LAMP-based Assay Launched for Detection of Malaria

A new molecular diagnostic kit for the detection of the malaria parasite has been described as being up to 80,000 times more sensitive at detecting the malaria parasite than current testing options. More...
01 May 2017
Image: A new blood-based assay enables rapid identification of specific genetic mutations in patients with non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC), which helps clinicians select the best treatment option (Photo courtesy of Biodesix).

Rapid Assay Identifies Genetic Mutations Associated with NSCLC

A rapid blood-based diagnostic assay is now available to identify genetic mutations associated with non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC), which is the first step in establishing personalized treatment for the patient. More...
01 May 2017
Image: The LSM 700 laser scanning microscope (Photo courtesy of Zeiss).

Biomarker Identified for Aggressive Early Stage Cancer

Breast cancer begins as anomalous cells that divide out of control, usually in the milk ducts and in almost all cases, a patient does not succumb to the initial cancer but to the secondary tumors after the cancer has spread. More...
27 Apr 2017
Image: The Ziplex System, a medium-density microarray platform (Photo courtesy of Axela).

Blood Test Could Detect Abusive Head Trauma in Infants

A blood test has been developed and refined that could help clinicians identify infants who may have had bleeding of the brain as a result of abusive head trauma, sometimes referred to as shaken baby syndrome. More...
26 Apr 2017


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