23andMe Genetic Testing Helps Reunite Texas Woman with Her Family after Being Abducted in 1971 as a Toddler

Clinical laboratory scientist who aided in the investigation compared DNA test results with publicly available genetic information In an interesting twist in the solving of crime, genetic test results—along with help from a clinical laboratory scientist (CLS) turned amateur genealogist—guided relatives of Melissa Highsmith to her whereabouts after she was allegedly kidnapped as a toddler over half a century ago. According to The Guardian, the CLS helped locate Melissa by “interpreting the key...

2023 Executive War College on Diagnostics, Clinical Laboratory, and Pathology Management Announced for April 25-26

New Orleans will once again host the 28th annual gathering for clinical laboratory, pathology, and in vitro diagnostics (IVD) leaders Clinical laboratory leaders keen on gaining a competitive edge amid a difficult business environment will want to attend the 28th Annual Executive War College on Diagnostics, Clinical Laboratory, and Pathology Management, which returns to New Orleans on April 25-26, 2023. The 2023 conference comes as clinical laboratories, diagnostics companies, and anatomic...

Forbes Senior Contributor Covers Reasons for Growing Staff Shortages at Medical Laboratories and Possible Solutions

Factors contributing to shortage of med techs and other lab scientists include limited training programs in clinical laboratory science, pay disparity, and staff retention, notes infectious disease specialist Judy Stone, MD Staff shortages are a growing challenge for medical laboratories, and now the problem has grabbed the attention of a major media outlet. In a story she penned for Forbes, titled, “We’re Facing a Critical Shortage of Medical Laboratory Professionals,” senior contributor and...

Researchers Use Machine Learning to Identify Thousands of New Marine RNA Viruses in Study of Interest to Microbiologists and Clinical Laboratory Scientists

Screening and analysis of ocean samples also identified a possible missing link in how the RNA viruses evolved An international team of scientists has used genetic screening and machine learning techniques to identify more than 5,500 previously unknown species of marine RNA viruses and is proposing five new phyla (biological groups) of viruses. The latter would double the number of RNA virus phyla to 10, one of which may be a missing link in the early evolution of the microbes. Though the...

$5 Million Federal Grant Funds Clinical Laboratory Scientist Training at San Jose State University

Local hospitals and biotech companies team up with San Jose State University to train more clinical laboratory scientists Everyone is aware of the shortage of medical technologists (MT) and clinical laboratory scientists that plagues clinical laboratories in almost every region of the United States. It is widely-recognized that current training programs for MTs and CLSs fall short of providing adequate numbers of new workers to meet the demand by medical laboratories. But it’s a different...
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