Ohio State University Scientists Discover Nearly 200,000 Unknown Viruses in Ocean Depths; Could Lead to Biotechnology Breakthroughs

Pole-to-pole sampling of marine life leads researchers to conclude the world’s oceans could hold the key to many scientific and biotechnological advancements Virologists and microbiologists will be intrigued to learn that scientists at Ohio State University (OSU) have identified nearly 200,000 previously unknown viruses living deep in the oceans. The catalog of 195,728 viruses could serve as a “road map” to a better understanding of ecosystems within the world’s oceans and the role they play...

Researchers at Princeton University Develop Tiny Biosensor Chip That Can Be Manufactured Cheaply and Possibly Perform Diagnostics Inside the Human Body

Miniaturization of clinical laboratory testing continues to intrigue pathology researchers, medical scientists, and diagnostics developers who see the technology as a way to bring pathology diagnostics to resource deficient areas Can useful, fast, and cheap medical laboratory tests be performed using the million-pixel cameras found in today’s smartphones, in combination with microchips and other technologies? A team of researchers at Princeton University believe they are on the path to...

Latest AMA Benchmark Survey Shows Number of Physicians Employed by Health Networks Now Exceeds Those in Independent Practice

As physicians continue to re-evaluate their career strategies, clinical laboratories must closely monitor changes to test ordering from formerly self-employed doctors For the first time, more doctors are employed by health networks than are in private practice. That’s according to a recent report from the American Medical Association (AMA). In a press release, the AMA describes the event as “the continuation of a long-term trend that has slowly shifted the distribution of physicians away from...

JAMA Study Shows American’s with Primary Care Physicians Receive More High-Value Care, Even as Millennials Reject Traditional Healthcare Settings

Clinical laboratories that help patients access care more quickly could prevent declines in test orders and physician referrals Millennials are increasingly opting to visit urgent-care centers and walk-in healthcare clinics located in retail establishments. And those choices are changing the healthcare industry, including clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups, which traditionally have been aligned with the primary care model. However, research published in JAMA Internal Medicine...

Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital Identify Ways That CRISPR DNA Base Editors Sometimes Unintentionally Alter RNA

These “off-target” genetic alterations demonstrate that certain CRISPR base editors need further refinement in a research finding of interest to pathologists Could CRISPR DNA-editing technology unintentionally effect RNA as well? A new study conducted at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) suggests that it can. Clinical laboratories doing genetic testing will want to understand why this research implies that refinements to CRISPR may be needed for it to be accurate in therapeutic...

University of Queensland Researches May Have Found a Universal Biomarker That Identifies Cancer in Various Human Cells in Just 10 Minutes!

This research could lead to a useful liquid biopsy test that would be a powerful new tool for clinical laboratories and anatomic pathologists Cancer researchers have long sought the Holy Grail of diagnostics—a single biomarker that can quickly detect cancer from blood or biopsied tissue. Now, researchers in Australia may have found that treasure. And the preliminary diagnostic test they have developed reportedly can return results in just 10 minutes with 90% accuracy. In a news release,...