University of Illinois researchers developed a cradle and app for the iPhone to make a handheld biosensor that uses the phone's own camera and processing power. [Brian T. Cunningham]

Smartphone Based Biosensors—Just What the mDiagnostician Ordered

If you had to pick the most compelling mHealth, or mobile health, application, you might well pick mDiagnostics—the ability to perform laboratory work outside...
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Education Program to Increase Awareness of Genetic Testing Launched

Angelina Jolie’s experience undergoing preventive surgeries for breast and ovarian cancer after learning about her genetic predisposition may have spiked American’s awareness of cancer...
Lab reimbursement is going through major changes

Watching and Waiting for Codes and Fees

Clinical laboratories will be watching and waiting in the new year for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to resolve several unsettled...
Comprehensive molecular profiles of the most common cancer types are now available. [NHGRI]

The Future of Cancer Genomics

As you have probably noticed, there’s been a major shift in the focus of next-gen sequencing over the past couple of years. First it...
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Point-of-Care Molecular Diagnostics Evolve

As described by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), point-of-care (POC) instruments combine multiple analytical functions into self-contained, portable devices that can be used...
Clinicians devoted to precision oncology are as effective as their computational infrastructure is robust. [Rbhavana/Deposit Photos]

Beyond the Sequence

Whether they are concerned with a mutation of a single gene, or mutations in a combination of two or more genes, today’s oncologists look...
Figure 1. Method of sequencing samples from a JAK2-negative myeloproliferative neoplasm patient

Single-Cell Approach to Personalized Medicine

As one of the most prevalent causes of death across the globe, the burden of cancer is still sharply increasing, predominantly due to the...
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Trovagene Cuts 20 Staffers, Retrenches

The company expects to save $4M annually by eliminating selling CLIA services directly to medical professionals and by downsizing its staff.
A new test developed at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis can detect virtually any virus that infects people and animals

Detecting All Infective Viruses at Once

Scientists at the University of Washington School of Medicine in St. Louis have devised a new metagenomics shotgun sequencing approach that they believe has...
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Whole Genome Sequencing as a Public Health Tool

New research uses innovative strategies to track pathogens and halt the spread of disease.
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