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October 2012 - Posts

ADVANCE Discourse: Lab

Live from AMP: Addressing Reference Material Challenges
October 26, 2012 1:22 PM by Kelly Bocich
The morning plenary at AMP today was an excellent one: "Issues Surrounding Lack of Laboratory Reference Materials: Impact on Assay Development and Validation, QC and Proficiency Testing." This three-prong session looked at the challenges surrounding the Read More...
AMP's Expanding Audience
October 25, 2012 5:49 PM by Kelly Bocich
The AMP 2012 Annual Meeting on Genomic Medicine officially kicked off this morning with opening remarks from AMP President Iris Schrijver, MD, and Program Chair Dan Farkas, PhD, HCLD, and the presentation of the AMP Award for Excellence in Molecular Diagnostics Read More...
Next Group to Battle Obesity? Pets
October 23, 2012 10:00 AM by Valerie Newitt
I heard on the radio just this week that the obesity epidemic among Americans --- human Americans -- is slowing down a bit. That's great news, but perhaps in an attemp to cut our own calorie intake we've been throwing a few too many scraps to our pets. Read More...
Amped Up for AMP 2012
October 22, 2012 10:08 AM by Kelly Bocich
Are you heading to Long Beach, Calif., this week for the Association for Molecular Pathology Annual Meeting? I'll be on the scene on behalf of ADVANCE , and I'm really looking forward to it, especially after spending some time this morning putting together Read More...
How Does Prostate Cancer Outsmart Therapy?
October 15, 2012 11:34 AM by Valerie Newitt
A recent news release from Newswise caught my eye. It said: ‘Dream Team' wins $10 million grant to probe mystery of advanced prostate cancer." It went on to explain that while many men survive prostate cancer, thousands of others -- whose cancer spreads Read More...
Value of Mission Statements
October 12, 2012 9:12 AM by Kelly Bocich
Does your laboratory or parent organization have a mission statement? Do you have a personal mission statement? Mission statements proclaim the purpose, the raison d'etre of an organization or group. These statements lay out goals and guide an organization's Read More...
Do-It-Yourself Lab Equipment? Why Not?
October 9, 2012 9:45 AM by Valerie Newitt
There's a lot of interest in do-it-yourself (DIY) projects in the home. So I suppose it was only a matter of time until it infiltrated the lab. OK, so it's not quite as relaxing as a DIY spa treatment and may lack the eye appeal of a DIY couturier frock. Read More...
Rapid Detection of Pandemics
October 5, 2012 8:36 AM by Kelly Bocich
Are we better prepared today to identify unknown pathogens with pandemic potential? A recent press release from Dr. Andrew S. Thompson, GlobalData's senior analyst, says yes -- but cautiously. A new coronavirus strain originating from the Arabian Peninsula Read More...
October Issue Preview
October 1, 2012 1:15 PM by Kelly Bocich
We sent the October edition of ADVANCE for Administrators of the Laboratory to the printer on Friday, and it's a good one. While you wait for the print edition to hit your doorstep or for the digital edition to go live, here are a few snapshots of what Read More...


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