China’s Genome-Mapping Giant BGI Is Poised to Become an International Leader in Gene Sequencing and May Play Major Role in Interpretation of Genetic Test Results

However, China has a shortage of well-trained pathologists, which is why some American lab organizations are establishing medical lab testing ventures in China If experts are right, a company in China is poised to become the world’s largest at gene sequencing. In addition, the huge volume of genetic data it generates is expected to give this company the world’s largest database of genetic information. Such developments could mean that, in just a few years, many pathologists and molecular...

China Puts the Kibosh on Genetic Testing, Surprising Even Genetic Experts—Effects on Recent Multi-million Dollar Investment by BGI of Shenzhen Uncertain

Prenatal testing, the most popular in China, is banned, affecting current projects at providers—another lesson for laboratories in how quickly things change Genetic testing has been halted in China. This unexpected decree was announced in February. Government officials cited challenges surrounding “ethics, privacy, and the protection of human heredity resources, in a message posted on the China Food and Drug Administration’s website. Authorities named prenatal DNA tests in particular as an...

Expanding Knowledge about the Human Microbiome Will Lead to New Clinical Pathology Laboratory Tests

With $175 Million in Funding, Human Microbiome Project is Making Rapid Progress Research into the human microbiome is expected to trigger development of new diagnostic tests that will be offered by clinical pathology laboratories. That’s because the organisms that live on us and in us are as unique to individuals as their DNA, and scientists believe these microbes may be just as important to health. Which microbes and how much they matter to the host’s health are the questions a consortium of...
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