‘Helicopter Research’ by Genetic Scientists Comes under Scrutiny in South Africa

Clinical laboratories and pathology groups can benefit from knowing how genetic testing is being used for other than medical testing purposes It is useful for pathologists and clinical laboratory managers to be aware of the different ways genetic testing and DNA sequencing is being conducted. That’s because a genetic test for one purpose—such as identifying an individual’s relatives and connection to a region or a cultural group—might generate data that could become part of that person’s...

Discovery of Antibody that Neutralizes All Known Variants of SARS-CoV-2 Could Lead to New Vaccines and Clinical Laboratory Treatments for COVID-19

Though only in early stages, findings could lead to a ‘therapeutic against current and newly-arising variants,’ say researchers As SARS-CoV-2 changes and mutates, some therapeutic antibodies that were once highly effective in fighting the virus have lost potency. But now, in a proof-of-concept study, researchers from Boston Children’s Hospital have identified one antibody that neutralizes all known variants of the coronavirus, including the omicron variant. Microbiologists and clinical...

Researchers Use Genetic Sequencing and Wastewater Analysis to Detect SARS-CoV-2 Variants and Monkeypox within Communities

Researchers surprised that process designed to detect SARS-CoV-2 also identifies monkeypox in wastewater Early information about an outbreak in a geographical region can inform local clinical laboratories as to which infectious agents and variants they are likely to see when testing patients who have symptoms. To that end, wastewater testing has become a rich source of early clues as to where COVID-19 outbreaks are spreading and how new variants of the coronavirus are emerging. Now, scientists...

Researchers in Boston Find COVID-19 Spike Protein Lingers in Long COVID-19 Patients

Viral reservoir could be behind persistence, says study, which also suggests a blood biomarker could be found for clinical laboratory testing Microbiologists and virologists working closely with physicians treating long COVID-19 patients will gain new insights in a study that found coronavirus spike protein in COVID-19 patients’ blood up to 12 months after diagnosis. The researchers believe their findings could be used to develop a clinical laboratory biomarker for long COVID-19. Researchers...

New Case of Polio Diagnosed in New York, Poliovirus Found in Wastewater in Two Counties

Experts say it is time ‘to restore our confidence in vaccines’ as many medical laboratories take steps to support testing for the polio virus Clinical laboratories and microbiologists in the state of New York will want to know that, in July, a man in New York was diagnosed with polio and subsequently the virus was detected in the wastewater of two New York counties. The area, Rockland County, N.Y., just north of New York City, was also at the forefront of a measles outbreak that occurred in...

Researchers from the University of Missouri Publish New Insights into SARS-CoV-2 Omicron’s Ability to Infect and Reinfect Human Cells

Clinical laboratories continue to report positive COVID-19 tests for individuals that have been vaccinated and even previously infected with the same variant of the coronavirus Researchers across the globe continue to study the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus and its many variants. Their goals are to curb the spread of the disease and develop new therapies and treatments for optimal patient outcomes. Now, a study conducted by scientists at the University of Missouri (UM) provides deeper insight into...
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