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Issue

Thursday, January 2, 2020


In The News


Citing a number of ethical quagmires, two prominent researchers claim that there is no “family benefit” to disclosing the possibility of adult-onset conditions based on genomic sequencing in newborns.
Dried blood spot (DBS) testing is moving out of its traditional slot as a sample type used for newborns and toward new uses in different patient populations. However, some lingering issues remain about the quality and traceability of DBS methods. As the interest grows for microsampling with DBS, experts say…
No matter a patient’s age, elevated troponin appears to be a warning sign for increased mortality risk. A study in the British Medical Medical Journal had concerning findings on several fronts: even a slight rise in troponin signals higher risk, and younger people with raised levels have a 10fold greater…

AACC Alert


From CRISPR to genomics data to noninvasive prenatal testing, Clinical Chemistry’s special January issue highlights the most exciting developments in molecular diagnostics, the publication’s third themed issue on this topic. The 2020 version—guest edited by Y. M. Dennis Lo, Linnea M. Baudhuin, Klaus Pantel, Rossa W. K. Chiu, Frederick S.…

Inside AACC


A special collection in January issue of The Journal of Applied Laboratory Medicine (JALM) focuses on brain health, spotlighting emerging biomarkers of neurodegeneration and neuronal injury as well as contemporary guidelines and best practices in routine care.

World View


Consider this clinical presentation: A patient learns after undergoing routine hemoglobin A1c (A1C) testing that he harbors a hemoglobin variant. His doctor tells him he’s a likely carrier for sickle cell disease (SCD), and refers him for a test to confirm disease—but only after the patient asks for one. The…