Bio-Techne launches multiplex spatial genomics assay
July 27, 2021 -- Bio-Techne has expanded its RNAscope in situ hybridization technology portfolio with the release of the new RNAscope HiPlex V2 assay for formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded and fixed and frozen samples for up to 12 targets. Read More
AI model identifies SARS-CoV-2 from blood tests, chest x-rays
July 16, 2021 -- An artificial intelligence (AI) model that analyzed data from blood tests and chest x-rays can identify patients with COVID-19 infections and could serve in some settings as a substitute for reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests, according to a study published July 9 in Scientific Reports. Read More
With Hitachi deal done, Fujifilm sets sights on healthcare growth
July 2, 2021 -- Fresh off its acquisition of Hitachi's medical imaging business, Japanese industrial giant Fujifilm on July 1 rebranded its healthcare subsidiaries in the U.S. and Europe to reflect the newly integrated company. The deal exemplifies Fujifilm's plan to make healthcare its primary business. Read More
FDA puts kibosh on use of Innova Medical coronavirus test
June 10, 2021 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned the public to stop using an antigen test from Innova Medical Group to detect antibodies to SARS-CoV-2, saying the effectiveness of the test is unproven. Read More
Oncologists urge faster biomarker results for lung cancer patients
June 8, 2021 -- Diagnostic testing companies should do a better job of turning around biomarker test results for lung cancer patients, according to a survey reported at the American Society of Clinical Oncology annual meeting on June 4. Read More
Endometrial cancer patients may benefit from multigene testing
June 7, 2021 -- Multigene panel testing of all patients with endometrial cancer could help identify significant variants and guide suitable treatment, according to a study presented June 4 at the American Society of Clinical Oncology annual meeting. Read More
AACC advises against lab testing for premature birth
June 3, 2021 -- Clinical lab tests that try to predict preterm birth shouldn't be used routinely due to a lack of evidence that the tests improve the outcomes of pregnant women or babies, according to a new statement by the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC). Read More
VA inquiry finds Ark. pathology chief made 3K errors
June 2, 2021 -- An Arkansas pathologist made over 3,000 diagnostic errors during his 12-year tenure at a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital, according to a VA inquiry released on June 2. The report said there were "oversight failures" that led to failure to recognize that Dr. Robert Morris Levy was impaired due to alcohol use. Read More
10 rules for better lab meetings -- and better science
June 1, 2021 -- When you hear the words "lab meeting," do they evoke warm feelings of camaraderie and inspiration or the dread of tedium and dysfunction? To ensure more of the former and less of the latter, a new paper published on May 27 in PLOS Computational Biology gives 10 rules for better lab meetings -- and ultimately better science. Read More
Market for biomarker-based infectious disease tests to hit $15B
May 26, 2021 -- Even excluding COVID-19 diagnostics, infectious disease biomarker technologies are driving growth in the diagnostic biomarker sector, according to Bruce Carlson of Kalorama Information. Read More