Massachusetts General Hospital Researchers Develop Tool for Detecting Lung Cancer from the Metabolites in a Drop of Blood

Potential is for a clinical laboratory test that can help pathologists identify early-stage lung cancer in people long before symptoms appear In a proof-of-concept study, researchers from Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) have created a...

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Oxford University Creates Largest Ever Human Evolutionary Family Tree with 231 Million Ancestral Lineages

Researchers say their method can trace ancestry back 100,000 years and could lay groundwork for identifying new genetic markers for diseases that could be used in clinical laboratory tests Cheaper, faster, and more accurate genomic sequencing technologies are...

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Post-Pandemic Strategies for Labs Include OIG Audit Prep and Repurposed Instruments

Some lab experts advise that clinical laboratories and pathology practices should also plan on delayed payments for COVID-19 testing for uninsured patients Regardless of whether infection rates for SARS-CoV-2 continue to wane or perhaps surge again, business changes...

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Scientists Estimate 73% of US Population May Be Immune to SARS-CoV-2 Omicron Variant

Clinical laboratory scientists should also know experts warn that ‘herd resistance’ is more likely than ‘herd immunity’ due to low vaccination rates in many parts of the world Scientists estimate 73% of the US population may be immune to the SARS-CoV-2 omicron...

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Nagoya University Researchers Develop Highly Accurate MicroRNA Urine Test That Identifies Brain Cancer in Patients with Tumors

MicroRNAs in urine could prove to be promising biomarkers in clinical laboratory tests designed to diagnose brain tumors regardless of the tumor’s size or malignancy, paving the way for early detection and treatment Researchers at Nagoya University in Japan have...

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United Kingdom’s National Health Service Now Offers Liquid Biopsy Tests to Certain Cancer Patients as a Complement to Anatomic Pathology Testing

Decision is part of UK effort to diagnose 75% of all cancers at stage I or stage II by 2028 and demonstrates to pathologists that the technology used in liquid biopsy tests is improving at a fast pace Pathologists and medical laboratory scientists know that when it...

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CDC National Wastewater Surveillance System Locates and Tracks SARS-CoV-2 Coronavirus in the Public’s Wastewater

Smaller cities and rural towns are finding the NWSS a useful early warning tool for tracking COVID-19 in their communities In a move that mirrors similar programs around the world, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now monitors sewage...

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Former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb to Headline Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare and Diagnostics Conference

Gottlieb will speak about the state of AI in healthcare at the event May 11-12 Medical technicians in clinical laboratories and pathology groups may worry that artificial intelligence (AI) will eventually put them out of their jobs. However, that’s not likely to be...

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Global Consortium of Scientists Develop New Whole Genome Sequencing Method That Brings Costs Down to $10 per Genome

At that reduced cost, clinical laboratories in developing countries with no access to WGS could have it as a critical tool in their fight against the spread of deadly bacteria and viruses New research into a low-cost way to sequence bacterial genomes—for as little as...

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UK Researchers Discover Previously Unknown ‘Highly Virulent’ HIV Variant Circulating in Netherlands since 1990s

Though the variant poses low risk thanks to modern HIV treatments, the scientists stress the importance of access to early clinical laboratory testing for at-risk individuals With the global healthcare industry hyper focused on arrival of the next SARS-CoV-2 variant,...

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EKRA Now Used to Combat Fraudulent COVID-19 Testing, Too

The Department of Justice steps beyond the law’s original focus on opioid-related lab testing fraud An interesting aspect with enforcement of the Eliminating Kickbacks in Recovery Act of 2018 (EKRA) is the government’s willingness to go after charges tied to...

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23andMe Researchers Identify Genetic Risk Factor for Loss of Smell and Taste in COVID-19 Patients

This new knowledge about the human genome may lead to a new set of biomarkers and clinical laboratory tests for predisposition to this health condition Researchers across the globe are working to understand why some people who become infected with the SARS-CoV-2...

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Large Operator of COVID-19 Collection Sites Suspends Operations and Clinical Laboratory Testing Following State and Federal Probes

COVID lab testing company reportedly was paid up to $124 million for COVID-19 testing What do an axe-throwing lounge, a donut shop, and a COVID-19 testing company have in common? All three were under the ownership of the same husband and wife. Apparently, though,...

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Clinical Laboratory Conferences Continue to Tackle COVID-19 Protocols to Put Attendees at Ease

Proof of vaccination, masking, and availability of on-site testing will continue to be measures taken at in-person events for pathologists and medical laboratory professionals Organizers of in-person clinical laboratory conferences face an interesting dilemma as they...

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Transition from Fee-for-Service to Value-Based Reimbursement for Hospitals, Physicians, and Clinical Laboratories Continues, Albeit Slowly, Reports Say 

Medical laboratories and anatomic pathologists may need to squeeze into narrow networks to be paid under value-based schemes, especially where Medicare Advantage is concerned Pathologists have likely heard the arguments in favor of value-based payment versus...

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University of Maryland Scientists Develop CRISPR-Act 3.0, a New CRISPR Technology for Multiplex Gene Activation in Plants

CRISPR-Act 3.0 could significantly increase crop yields and plant diversity worldwide and help fight against global hunger and climate change Clinical laboratory professionals and pathologists who read Dark Daily are highly aware of CRISPR gene editing technology....

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Clinical Laboratories Suffer During the ‘Great Resignation’

Labs need to rethink recruitment tactics to successfully hire younger workers We’ve heard a lot anecdotally about the “Great Resignation”—a labor phenomenon rooted in the pandemic that has led to an abnormally large amount of workers, including lab professionals,...

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German Researchers Develop DNA Origami That Traps and Neutralizes Certain Viruses

This “Virus Trap” might eventually be manufactured by clinical laboratories for the diagnostic process Clinical laboratory managers and pathologists will be fascinated by this new treatment coming out of Germany for viral infections. It’s an entirely different...

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Japanese Researchers Create Inexpensive Palm-Size Microfilter That Captures Circulating Tumor Cells from Minute Amounts of Blood

Its low cost may advance liquid biopsy cancer testing used by anatomic pathologists and improve outcomes by speeding time to diagnosis and treatment Researchers in Japan say they have created a circulating tumor cell (CTC) detection solution that is inexpensive and...

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Patient Safety Organization Releases Report Rating COVID-19 Home Tests for Ease of Use

Group’s report also suggests that at-home clinical laboratory tests for COVID-19 that are difficult to use may lead to inaccurate results At-home clinical laboratory tests for COVID-19 have become quite popular. But how accurate are they? Now, an independent safety...

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Canadian Scientists May Have Discovered Why Astronauts Suffer from ‘Space Anemia’

Study conducted on International Space Station found crew’s red blood cells were destroyed 54% faster in space than while on Earth Hemolysis in blood specimens is something that clinical laboratories deal with every day. Now researchers in Canada have determined that,...

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Sonic Healthcare Acquires Propath, while PathGroup Buys Pathology Consultants in More Signs of a Consolidating Market

An estimated 80 pathologists will now work for larger pathology superlabs as part of the deals, bringing stiffer competition to independent anatomic pathology groups This story comes from the desk of The Dark Report. If you’re not a subscriber, sign up for a free...

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Full Genome Sequencing of All Animal Species Continues, but Sequencing of Invertebrate Species Lags Behind That of Vertebrate Species

Scientists working to sequence all 1.66 million animal species say this is a missed opportunity to better understand our own genetics; such research would identify biomarkers useful for clinical laboratory testing For 23 years, the world’s genomic scientists have been...

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Could Omicron Variant Have Links to HIV? Infectious Disease Experts in South Africa Say ‘Yes’

Given the large number of mutations found in the SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant, experts in South Africa speculate it likely evolved in someone with a compromised immune system As the SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant spreads around the United States and the rest of the world,...

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