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Outside the Lab Microbiology and immunology, Clinical care, Point of care testing

In a Swipe of a Swab

Although mortality rate has seen a big decline, pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) remains the second biggest killer from a single infectious agent: according to WHO, 9 million people fell ill with TB in 2013, 1.5 million died from it (1). While a diagnosis is usually done using microbiological, microscopic, or molecular analysis of sputum, this form of test has its challenges. Given the global burden of TB, it’s clear an alternative is needed. And researchers from the Universities of Washington, USA and Cape Town, South Africa, think they might have found it – in a test that involves using a $1 cheek swab.

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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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