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Genetics show deadly Wuhan coronavirus sired by snakes
January 23, 2020 -- The roots of the potentially deadly novel coronavirus that emerged in humans in Wuhan, China, and is spreading to other countries lie in snakes, according to a genetic analysis published online January 22 in the Journal of Medical Virology.  Discuss
Hormone blood test could pinpoint time of menopause
January 23, 2020 -- A highly sensitive test for anti-Müllerian hormone appears to be helpful for predicting the timing of the last menstrual period in older women and is more convenient than other methods, according to a study reported January 22 in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.  Discuss
How Grail's blood test stacks up in gastrointestinal cancers
January 22, 2020 -- An investigational blood test developed by startup Grail has high sensitivity and specificity across a range of gastrointestinal cancer types, though more validating data are needed to support use, according to an analysis set to be presented on January 23.  Discuss
CDC says traveler brought China coronavirus to U.S.
January 21, 2020 -- A resident of Washington state has been found to be infected with a new type of coronavirus that originated in China, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The patient recently returned to the U.S. after a visit to Wuhan, China, which has been a hot spot for the coronavirus outbreak.  Discuss
Point-of-care test for lethal spotted fever infections in the pipeline
January 21, 2020 -- Researchers have identified a biomarker and developed a blood test for the tick-borne Mediterranean spotted fever and other rickettsial infections, with the hope of greatly improving upon the standard of care, according to a small study published online January 16 in the American Journal of Pathology.  Discuss
Which eligible gene signatures make the grade for TB blood tests?
January 20, 2020 -- Several gene expression signatures have potential application in blood tests for predicting the onset of active tuberculosis (TB) from three to six months in advance, though challenges remain, according to a comparative review published online January 10 in Lancet Respiratory Medicine.  Discuss
ECRI shows how to ensure tests don't get lost in the shuffle
January 17, 2020 -- The ECRI Institute has published information aimed at improving the tracking of diagnostic testing results, including a white paper with case studies on implementing best practices at ambulatory care facilities.  Discuss
What's next for PacBio and Illumina?
January 16, 2020 -- The termination fee from Illumina provides Pacific Biosciences (PacBio) with as much or more than it would likely earn in revenue in 2020, notes Bruce Carlson, publisher of market research firm Kalorama Information. And with the launch of Sequel II, PacBio's product revenues continued to grow during the prolonged acquisition process.  Discuss
Survey: Doctors would take pay cut to reduce burnout
January 16, 2020 -- Some 50% of physicians queried in a new survey said they would take a salary reduction of as much as $50,000 annually to reduce burnout. Out of 29 medical specialties, pathologists ranked 23rd, with 36% reporting burnout, according to a January 15 report from Medscape.  Discuss
CAP, ASCO weigh in on handling ER-low-positive breast cancers
January 15, 2020 -- Updated guidance from the College of American Pathologists (CAP) and American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) on estrogen and progesterone receptor (ER, PR) testing in breast cancer patients provides a steer on handling ER-low-positive cases and holds immunohistochemistry as the standard primary test, with no other assays recommended.  Discuss
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January 25-29
San Diego, California United States
American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Biothreats
January 28-30
Arlington, Virginia United States
Festival of Genomics 2020
January 29-30
London, Greater London United Kingdom
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February 3-6
Dubai, Dubai United Arab Emirates
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February 9-13
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