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October 2014 Issue of The Pathologist

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Articles featured in this issue

Outside the Lab Training and education

Welcome to The Pathologist

| Fedra Pavlou

From academic to clinical pathology, microbiology to molecular pathology, we promise to report on the issues and innovations at the heart of your field.

Subspecialties Genetics and epigenetics

Tracing the Ebola Genome

| Roisin McGuigan

The sequencing of 99 Ebola genomes has not only highlighted the likelihood of viral adaption, but also the high risks for researchers.

Outside the Lab Regulation and standards

FDA Crackdown on Labs

| Roisin McGuigan

Plans to regulate laboratory developed tests could stifle innovation

Diagnostics Genetics and epigenetics

Genetic Factors in Schizophrenia

| Roisin McGuigan

Despite numerous research efforts, schizophrenia remains a bit of a mystery.

Diagnostics Neurology

Vitamin D implicated in Schizophrenia

| Roisin McGuigan

Low levels of vitamin D may be linked to schizophrenia risk

Diagnostics Neurology

Targeting Postpartum Depression

| Roisin McGuigan

Could identification of a new biomarker offer hope for mothers?

Diagnostics Microbiology and immunology

The Survival Artists

| Roisin McGuigan

We know mycobacteria can survive in the absence of oxygen. But what is their secret?

Outside the Lab Oncology

To Use pCR, We Must First Define It

| Roisin McGuigan

Pathological complete response can provide valuable information on survival in breast cancer, but is a standard definition within reach?

Diagnostics Oncology

Non-invasive Prostate Cancer Screening

| Stephanie Sutton

Can SERS accurately detect the early stages of the most common male cancer?

Outside the Lab Digital and computational pathology

Facing the Digital Future of Pathology

| Iestyn Armstrong-Smith

Digital pathology is pushing the boundaries of convention and dividing the community. Uptake of the technology is growing, but only slowly. Can its adoption be resisted forever?

Outside the Lab Digital and computational pathology

The Digital Pathologist’s View

| Marcial García Rojo

Marcial Garcia Rojo of the Hospital de Jerez de la Frontera, Cadiz, Spain, is a key proponent and early adopter of digital pathology, having used the approach for more than seven years. Here, he shares his experiences so far.

Diagnostics Digital and computational pathology

Vendors’ Viewpoints

| Matthew Burke, Perry van Rijsingen, Olga Colgan

Matthew Burke, Perry van Rijsingen and Olga Colgan offer their perspectives on digital pathology adoption and the future of the field.

Inside the Lab Omics

Human Proteome Maps

| Roisin McGuigan

Now more than 90 percent complete, this project could prove invaluable for medical research.

Inside the Lab Omics

Proteome Mapping: A Word of Caution

| Michael Tress

When the two proteome maps appeared in Nature, the numbers certainly raised some eyebrows.

Inside the Lab Technology and innovation

Operating Within Molecular Margins

| Sandro Santagata, Nathalie Agar

Is the accurate identification of tumor types during surgery – in real-time – a realistic possibility or a pipe dream?

Inside the Lab Training and education

Minimize Errors, Report with Accuracy

| Ian Cree

Best practice guidance to ensure that molecular pathology labs get the best possible result

Inside the Lab Oncology

Best practice guidance for molecular pathology labs

Processes and key considerations when conducting a molecular pathology test for cancer patients.

Outside the Lab Training and education

Lab Turnaround Time Study Sets Alarm Bells Ringing

| Enrique Rodriguez-Borja

Pathologists in high-throughput laboratories are working as fast as they can to return results as quickly as possible.

Outside the Lab Training and education

Where is the Next Generation of Pathologists?

| Fedra Pavlou

Inadequacy of course content, lack of awareness, poor perception, changing healthcare priorities – it’s no wonder pathology is struggling to attract new talent.

Outside the Lab Neurology

Always Pushing the Boundaries

| Stephen Minger

Sitting Down With… Stephen Minger, Chief Scientist, Cellular Sciences – Life Sciences, GE Healthcare, London, UK

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