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Diagnostics Biochemistry and molecular biology, Point of care testing, Technology and innovation

One TINY Step at a Time

Kaposi’s sarcoma (KS) presents a diagnostic challenge even in optimal healthcare settings. This is because presentation can be extremely heterogeneous, and there are many clinical entities which mimic KS morphologically. Accurate diagnosis, which conventionally requires experienced dermatopathologists, is critical to avoid unwarranted chemotherapy – and to ensure correct therapy for mimicking conditions. But histopathologic diagnosis is not always possible in resource-limited settings, such as sub-Saharan Africa, where KS is one of the most common cancers among adults. In these settings, clinicians must often diagnose KS only via macroscopic observation and, unfortunately, this is often incorrect. Even where pathology is available, lengthy turnaround times in interpretation often render the findings useless.

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Michael Schubert

While obtaining degrees in biology from the University of Alberta and biochemistry from Penn State College of Medicine, I worked as a freelance science and medical writer. I was able to hone my skills in research, presentation and scientific writing by assembling grants and journal articles, speaking at international conferences, and consulting on topics ranging from medical education to comic book science. As much as I’ve enjoyed designing new bacteria and plausible superheroes, though, I’m more pleased than ever to be at Texere, using my writing and editing skills to create great content for a professional audience.

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