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Inside the Lab Regulation and standards, Genetics and epigenetics, Laboratory management, Quality assurance and quality control, Omics

Clamping Down on Mistaken Identity

Errors with misidentification and contamination of samples and cell lines is a big problem and it’s a widely known one too. Not only does it affect data integrity and scientific reproducibility, but outside of research, it could result in a misdiagnosis; a worrying consequence that all pathologists would wish to avoid at all costs. In spite of this, not enough is being done to avoid it, in particular in research labs. Some journal publishers, however, believe it’s time to force an end to the “ignorance is bliss” approach and tackle the problem head on.

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Fedra Pavlou

After graduating with a pharmacology degree, I began my career in scientific publishing and communications. Now with more than 16 years of experience in this field, my career has seen me heading up editorial and writing teams at Datamonitor, Advanstar and KnowledgePoint360 group. My past experiences have taught me something very important – that you have to enjoy working with, and have respect for your colleagues. It’s this that drew me to Texere where I now work with old colleagues and new. Though we are a hugely diverse team, we share several things in common – a real desire to work hard to succeed, to be the best at what we do, never to settle for second best, and to have fun while we do it. I am now honored to serve as Editor of The Pathologist and Editorial Director of Texere Publishing.

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