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Molecular Diagnostics

Image: The Guardant360 gene panel is a technology capable of isolating circulating tumor DNA in blood to identify genomic alterations in tumor genomic panel. This test allows identify genomic alterations and match them to treatment options (Photo courtesy of Guardant Health).

Test Identifies More Treatable Cancer Mutations Than Biopsies

Standard of care therapies that target specific mutations have changed the face of cancer treatment, and screening for such mutations, which can be drivers of both disease growth and treatment resistance. This can often be done with a biopsy of tumor tissue, but sometimes that tissue is hard to obtain or does not have sufficient DNA for analysis. More...
22 Oct 2018
Image: A rapid lateral flow drug test can detect four classes of drugs in traces of sweat found in fingerprints from both living and deceased individuals (Photo courtesy of Intelligent Fingerprinting).

Rapid Test Detects Drugs of Abuse in Fingerprint Samples

A rapid lateral flow assay accurately detects drugs of abuse in finger print samples from living or deceased individuals. More...
22 Oct 2018
Image: The ABI 7500 Real-Time PCR system (Photo courtesy of Applied Biosystems).

Molecular Diagnostics Prevents Malaria in Blood Banks

Haemovigilance is required to identify and prevent the occurrence or recurrence of unwanted transfusion-related transmissions and to increase the safety, efficacy and efficiency of blood transfusions. More...
18 Oct 2018
Image: The GenoAmp Trioplex Real-Time RT-PCR Zika/Den/Chiku kit is a real-time molecular diagnostic test for the screening and differentiation of Zika, dengue and chikungunya virus, extracted from human plasma/serum (Photo courtesy of Mediven).

Study Shows Zika Virus Persists in Body Fluids

Although most Zika virus (ZIKV) infections are transmitted by infected mosquitoes, ZIKV transmission has been documented as occurring through sexual contact, blood transfusion, laboratory exposure, and both intrauterine and intrapartum transmission. More...
18 Oct 2018
Image: Bone marrow aspirate of a patient with acute lymphoblastic leukemia revealing increased blasts which are small to medium in size with high nuclear-to-cytoplasmic ratios, round to irregular nuclei, smooth chromatin, and scant basophilic agranular cytoplasm. Some background maturing myeloid cells are also present in this case (Photo courtesy of Dr. Karen M. Chisholm).

Next-Gen Test Authorized for Minimal Residual Disease

An estimated 6,000 people in the USA will be diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) and 31,000 people will be diagnosed with multiple myeloma this year. More...
17 Oct 2018
Image: The MiSeq Sequencing platform (Photo courtesy of Illumina).

Human Pegivirus Identified in Encephalitis Patients

Human pegivirus (HPgV), was previously called hepatitis G virus or GB virus C, and is a lymphotropic virus with undefined pathology and many viruses from the family Flaviviridae, to which HPgV belongs, are neurotropic. More...
17 Oct 2018
Image: The LightCycler 480 II is a high-performance, medium- to high-throughput PCR platform (Photo courtesy of Roche).

Novel Fecal Biomarker Found for Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer (CRC) is a lethal disease that has been rising in incidence during recent decades, placing an increasingly important burden on the healthcare system worldwide and gut microbial dysbiosis contributes to the development of this deadly disease. More...
17 Oct 2018


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