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Microbiology and immunology

Diagnostics Liquid biopsy

A Diagnostic to Drool Over?

| Luke Turner

The use of saliva as a diagnostic fluid seems an attractive option – especially now that research reveals circulating tumor DNA in the fluid

Subspecialties Microbiology and immunology

A Win-Win-Win Situation

| Bamidele Farinre

How consolidating molecular diagnostics has improved service delivery for the Great Ormond Street Hospital microbiology department

Subspecialties Microbiology and immunology

Monitoring the Microbiome

| Luke Turner

Differences in bacterial diversity in the gut could be used to identify patients with Barrett’s esophagus and esophageal cancer

Diagnostics Point of care testing

Smarter, Faster Sepsis Testing

| David Ludvigson

A two-stage model featuring point of care sepsis testing and follow-up lab results could improve treatment and reduce the risk of mortality

Outside the Lab Biochemistry and molecular biology

Pre-Empting Relapse

| Luke Turner

A new DNA test that can detect treatment-resistant mutations could prove crucial for patients with acute myeloid leukemia, providing an early indication that targeted therapeutic intervention is needed

Subspecialties Biochemistry and molecular biology

An Untrustworthy Myeloma Assay?

The serum free light chain assay for myeloma may miss as many as one in four cases of lambda chain-associated disease, so additional testing is advised

Diagnostics Clinical care

Bioarcheology: Peopling the Past

| Jane Buikstra

Where did paleopathology come from? Where is it going next? And, most importantly, how can clinical and paleopathologists work together to benefit both fields?

Outside the Lab Clinical care

Antibiotic Test Results – Done Right

| Sponsored by Beckman Coulter

An advanced system can identify pathogens and detect broad-ranging resistance, allowing pathologists to select the most appropriate drugs with accuracy and speed

Outside the Lab Biochemistry and molecular biology

Fighting Resistance in Bloodstream Infections

| Luke Turner

When bacteria become resistant to the last line of defense, rapid detection and treatment is more important than ever. A new assay can help with treatment selection for carbapenem-resistant infections

Inside the Lab Companion diagnostics

Fluid Evidence

Liquid biopsy can help us appropriately treat patients with anti-PD-L1 immunotherapies, and ddPCR enables ongoing monitoring and adjustment of treatment

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