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Outside the Lab Point of care testing, Regulation and standards, Clinical care

Theranos: Science Fact or Science Fiction?

There’s been a lot of buzz around the enigmatic health startup Theranos. The company’s disruptive diagnostic technology is designed with the aim of completely changing the way patients access sampling and testing, with plans to create a system whereby one fingerprick can be cheaply used for dozens of tests. And, as we’ve reported previously (1), the company has been cleared by the FDA to market its herpes simplex test in the US, and received a waiver which means the test can be used outside of traditional lab settings. Despite the fact that the company is still to release any details of their testing equipment, or to publish any peer-reviewed data (2), Theranos has garnered a huge amount of attention.

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Roisin McGuigan

I have an extensive academic background in the life sciences, having studied forensic biology and human medical genetics in my time at Strathclyde and Glasgow Universities. My research, data presentation and bioinformatics skills plus my ‘wet lab’ experience have been a superb grounding for my role as an Associate Editor at Texere Publishing. The job allows me to utilize my hard-learned academic skills and experience in my current position within an exciting and contemporary publishing company.

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