Pooled Testing may Provide a Method of Increasing the Number of Coronavirus Tests Being Performed in the US

Pooled testing could become a critical tool for clinical laboratories to spot the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus among asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic individuals COVID-19 testing for individuals has expanded in the US, but the number of people actually tested remains a small proportion of the country’s total population and clinical laboratory testing supply shortages continue to hamper progress. A technique known as pooled testing may help. Federal experts hope it will substantially increase the...

How Clinical Laboratories Can Avoid COVID-19 Superspreaders, Protect Their Customers and Their Hospital Networks

Understanding how superspreading occurs can help clinical lab leaders slow and even prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2 within their communities and health systems Clinical laboratories understand the critical importance of preventing the spread of infection. However, according to the Boston Globe, researchers worldwide are learning that roughly 80% of new COVID-19 cases are caused by just 10% of infected people. Those people are called superspreaders. It’s critical that medical laboratory...

Studies Finding Remnants of SARS-CoV-2 in Sewage Suggest COVID-19 May Not Have Originated at Wuhan Market, Some Scientists Dispute the Findings

Researchers from multiple countries looked at sewage samples collected from 2018 through early 2020, with findings that may interest microbiologists and medical laboratory scientists Clinical laboratory tests for the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus can identify COVID-19 cases in individuals. But in multiple countries, researchers have tested untreated sewage for remnants of the pathogen, and some scientists have arrived at a surprising but unconfirmed theory—that the coronavirus appeared in Europe long...

Researchers Use Nanopore Sequencing Technology to Complete First Gapless End-to-End Assembly of Human X Chromosome

Ability to produce unbroken DNA sequencing could eventually be used by medical laboratories to identify gene sequences that play significant roles in a variety of diseases and health conditions While near 24/7 coronavirus coverage occupies much of the media, it is refreshing to report on important breakthroughs in clinical laboratory medicine and diagnostics that are unrelated to the COVID-19 pandemic. It wasn’t long ago that the top stories in advanced medicine revolved around whole-genome...

UCSF Researchers Discover COVID-19 Coronavirus Evolved to Grow Tentacles and Use Them to Infect Other Cells!

Study scientists identified several currently available drugs that could inhibit growth of these “streaming filaments,” which infected cells use to go after non-infected cells Like a scene from a bad horror movie, scientists have discovered that SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic, may be even more sinister and macabre than previously thought. The new research findings will interest those pathologists and clinical laboratory professionals who want to understand...

Despite the Coronavirus Pandemic, Medicare Officials Continue Push for Price Transparency by Pressuring Hospitals to Disclose Rates Negotiated with Private Payers

Clinical laboratories are advised to continue developing methods for making prices for procedures available to the general public Even as an effective treatment for COVID-19 continues to elude federal healthcare agencies, Medicare officials are pressing ahead with efforts to bring about transparency in hospital healthcare pricing, including clinical laboratory procedures and prescription drugs costs. In FY 2021 Proposed Rule CMS-1735-P, titled, “Medicare Program; Hospital Inpatient Prospective...