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Did BodySphere jump the gun on '2-minute' COVID-19 test?
April 3, 2020 -- The news seemed too good to be true: A company called BodySphere claimed to have received emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for what it said was a two-minute serological test for detecting COVID-19.  Discuss
Horseshoe crab 'farming' preserves species, makes blood test possible
April 3, 2020 -- Researchers have developed a new aquaculture-based method to harvest immune cells from horseshoe crabs that preserves the crustaceans while also creating the potential for new clinical applications, like testing blood for sepsis, according to a study published in Frontiers in Marine Science on April 1.  Discuss
Quest ramps up coronavirus testing amid reports of backlog
April 2, 2020 -- Quest Diagnostics said it is ramping up its coronavirus testing capability to 30,000 tests per day, while stressing that cases will need to be prioritized in light of very high demand. The announcement came amid news media reports claiming that the company is partly to blame for a big backlog of tests reported in California.  Discuss
Testing confirms bathhouse transmission of SARS-CoV-2
April 2, 2020 -- The transmission of SARS-CoV-2 among nine patients who used a bathhouse more than 400 miles north of Wuhan, China, has been confirmed via molecular testing and computed tomography scans, according to a research letter published March 30 in JAMA Network Open.  Discuss
Gene biomarker shows promise as alternative early Alzheimer's blood test
April 1, 2020 -- A gene called phosphoglycerate dehydrogenase (PHGDH) looks promising as a biomarker for early Alzheimer's disease based on a study of RNA blood tests published in the journal Current Biology. The results have potential to open a new avenue of research in blood testing for the disease, beyond beta amyloid and tau, researchers reported.  Discuss
Are coronavirus patients with negative throat swabs truly virus-free?
March 31, 2020 -- Patients who recover from SARS-CoV-2 based on tests of throat swabs may still have positive results in sputum and feces samples, according to a study from Beijing published online March 30 in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The findings imply that testing of more body sites is needed.  Discuss
Abbott's 'lightning fast' coronavirus test takes center stage in U.S. pandemic strategy
March 30, 2020 -- Abbott's newly approved ultrarapid molecular point-of-care test for the novel coronavirus featured prominently in the White House's coronavirus task force press briefing on March 29 outlining the government's current pandemic strategy.  Discuss
Do patients still have COVID-19 after symptoms resolve?
March 30, 2020 -- Can patients continue to shed the virus that causes COVID-19 after symptoms have disappeared? Yes -- and at least half do, according to a study published online March 23 in the American Thoracic Society's American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.  Discuss
Scientists use bioinformatics, large datasets to trace origins of SARS-CoV-2
March 30, 2020 -- While many scientists urgently work toward developing successful therapies to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, some are looking in the opposite direction: to where SARS-CoV-2 came from. A new report published in the Journal of Proteome Research suggests that while bats are a likely natural reservoir, an intermediate host is probable.  Discuss
What the just-passed CARES Act means for U.S. labs and IVD vendors
March 26, 2020 -- The U.S. Senate has passed a $2.2 trillion spending bill -- dubbed the CARES Act -- designed to provide economic stimulus and fund the effort to combat the SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 epidemic in the U.S. There will be a great deal of attention on small business loans and checks to American taxpayers, but the bill also contains provisions of interest to laboratories and IVD companies.  Discuss
North Carolina Society of Pathologists (NCSP) Annual Meeting
April 24-25
Charlotte, North Carolina United States
American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting
April 24-29
San Diego, California United States
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