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Outside the Lab Profession, Screening and monitoring, Clinical care, Laboratory management, Point of care testing

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Much like the rest of the world, pathologists have been watching with fascination as the story of direct-to-consumer testing company Theranos unfolds. From the debut of its revolutionary “Edison machine” technology – purportedly providing instant diagnoses from a single drop of blood – to the discovery that not all was as it seemed, Theranos has been making headlines ever since it first caught the public’s eye in 2013, a decade after its launch. But all that glitters is not diagnostic gold, and in 2015, the Wall Street Journal broke a story announcing that the company’s flagship technology wasn’t being used for most of its tests – and that when it was used, the results might be inaccurate (1).

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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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