Polygenic Scores Show Potential to Predict Humans’ Susceptibility to a Range of Chronic Diseases; New Clinical Laboratory Genetic Tests Could Result from Latest Research

Access to vast banks of genomic data is powering a new wave of assessments and predictions that could offer a glimpse at how genetic variation might impact everything from Alzheimer’s Disease risk to IQ scores Anatomic pathology groups and clinical laboratories have become accustomed to performing genetic tests for diagnosing specific chronic diseases in humans. Thanks to significantly lower costs over just a few years ago, whole-genome sequencing and genetic DNA testing are on the path to...

University of Alberta Researchers Develop Surgical Mask That Traps and Kills Infectious Viruses; Protects Hospital Workers and Clinical Laboratory Technicians from Deadly Diseases

As standard masks are used they collect exhaled airborne pathogens that remain living in the masks’ fibers, rendering them infectious when handled Surgical-style facial masks harbor a secret—viruses that could be infectious to the people wearing them. However, masks can become effective virus killers as well. At least that’s what researchers at the University of Alberta (UAlberta) in Edmonton, Canada, have concluded. If true, such a re-engineered mask could protect clinical laboratory workers...

Researchers in Two Countries Develop Blood Tests That Detect Alzheimer’s Decades Before Symptoms Appear; Could Eventually Give Clinical Laboratories a Diagnostic Tool

New scientific insights from these studies represent progress in the effort to develop a clinical laboratory test that would enable physicians to diagnose Alzheimer’s Disease earlier and with greater accuracy Most medical laboratory professionals are aware that, for more than 30 years, in vitro diagnostic (IVD) developers and pharmaceutical researchers have sought the Holy Grail of clinical laboratory testing—an accurate test for Alzheimer’s disease that is minimally-invasive and produces...

Top-10 List of the Most Studied Genes of All Time Includes Several Used in Clinical Laboratory Testing for Cancers, Other Diseases

Harvard School of Medicine researcher discovers only a fraction of all known human genes are ever included in research studies It seems every day that diagnostic test developers are announcing new genetic tests for everything from researching bloodlines to predicting vulnerability to specific chronic diseases. However, as most pathologists know, there are more than 20,000 protein-coding genes in the human genome. Thus, an overwhelming majority of genes are not being researched or studied....

Consumers Buying Genealogy Gene Sequencing Tests in Record Numbers; Some Experts Concerned Data Could Be Misinterpreted

Genetic counselors struggle to explain direct-to-consumer genetic test data—or correct provider misinterpretations of results—while often encountering resistance and anger from patients who don’t accept their counseling Healthcare consumers who want to know more about their family’s genealogy are purchasing direct-to-consumer (DTC) home genetic tests in record numbers. It is a trend that worries some medical laboratory professionals and certain federal government agencies. MIT Technology...

New At-Home CBC Device Enables Complete Blood Testing for Cancer Treatments and Biological/Viral Monitoring

Chronic disease monitoring at home has become a boon to patients as well as hospitals that are finding cost savings in programs designed to monitor/treat patients at external locations Many clinical pathologists and medical laboratory scientists will be wary about the news that a California company wants to have cancer patients do their own CBCs at home, and  that a device to enable such testing is being prepped to go through the FDA clearance process. Home-based medicine care and chronic...