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COVID-19 Variant Sequencing Offers Clinical Opportunities

This is an excerpt of a 2,987-word article in the March 1, 2021 issue of  THE DARK REPORT (TDR). The full article is available to members of The Dark Intelligence Group. CEO SUMMARY: In Wisconsin, an oncology research lab started sequencing variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and fou…

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New Year Brings Three New Clinical Lab Trends

CEO SUMMARY: Since the year began, three trends have affected clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups. First is a continuing surge in COVID-19 test volume. Second is inconsistent payment from government and commercial insurers for SARS-CoV-2 test claims. Third is growing…

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Whistleblowers Disclose Issues in California’s COVID Lab

SUMMARY: Whistleblowers at the State of California’s brand-new COVID-19 Valencia Branch Laboratory are telling reporters about staff sleeping on the job, unlicensed staff handling specimens, and other significant issues. Given the reports of several news outlets, one relevant ques…

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SARS-CoV-2 Variant Sequencing Offers Clinical Opportunities

CEO SUMMARY: In Wisconsin, an oncology research lab started sequencing variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and found multiple uses for such test results to help hospitals, health systems, schools, and municipalities identify infection sources and track the virus’ spread. In one case,…

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March 1, 2021 Intelligence: Late-Breaking Lab News

Even as the nation’s clinical laboratories work to expand the number of molecular COVID-19 tests they can perform daily, the demand for such tests is plunging. That’s one conclusion in a news story published by the Associated Press in recent days. The AP illustrated this fact with t…

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What’s Ahead for Labs? It’ll Be Quite Different

CEO SUMMARY: In many ways, the nation’s clinical laboratories performed magnificently in response to the SARS-CoV-2 outbreak last winter. But that magnificent performance has taken its toll on the infrastructure and personnel within these labs. The Dark Report…

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Academic, Commercial Collaboration for Testing

CEO SUMMARY: In several important ways, this collaboration involving an academic clinical laboratory and a commercial company has paid big dividends, not just for the two partners, but also the parent university that oversaw the project. The two partners developed a SARS-CoV-2 test, t…

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SARS-CoV-2 Variant Sequencing Creates New Opportunities for Labs

This is an excerpt of a 2,964-word article in the February 8, 2021 issue of  THE DARK REPORT (TDR). The full article is available to members of The Dark Intelligence Group. CEO SUMMARY: Variants of the COVID-19 virus are appearing across the world. Recent data show the same variants wil…

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Critics Say New At-Home Test Is Expensive and Late to Market

ONCE AGAIN, THE COMBINATION of the pandemic and the federal government may be creating a credible new competitor in the in vitro diagnostics (IVD) industry. This time, the lucky company is Ellume, which was just awarded $231.8 million from the Biden administration to s…

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Variant Sequencing of SARS-CoV-2 Creates Opportunities for Labs

CEO SUMMARY: Variants of the COVID-19 virus are appearing across the world. Recent data show the same variants will infect people in several different countries. Here in the United States, interest is growing in having clinical laboratories sequence specimens from patients who test pos…

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