October 16, 2006 “Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

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American Esoteric Laboratories, Inc. today announced that it has signed an extended, five-year contract to provide reference and esoteric testing services to the 14-hospital Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation (BMHCC) in Memphis, Tennessee. This relationship was developed as part of AEL’s acquisition of Memphis Pathology Laboratories in 2004.

NEW & STEPHANELLI LAUNCH AP COMPANY

Today, Aurora Diagnostics, LLC of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, issued its first press release and announced that the company launched in July with the intent to acquire anatomic pathology and clinical diagnostic companies. It has already negotiated acquisition agreements with five laboratories. James C. New is Chairman and CEO. Martin Stefanelli is Chief Operating Officer. New and Stefenalli formerly worked together at AmeriPath. Aurora has lined up $300 million from Summit Partners and GSO Capital Partners. The company intends to focus on the non-hospital market.

PROJECT UNDER WAY TO SEQUENCE FULL NEANDERTHAL GENOME

Believe it or not, an effort is under way to sequence the complete Neanderthal genome. The research is being conducted by the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, in collaboration with 454 Life Sciences, a private company. The Planck Institute brings expertise in ancient DNA to the project. 454 Life Sciences is providing a next-generation, high-throughput sequencing technology. DNA from several Neanderthal specimens will be used. In 1997, Savante Paabo, Ph.D., Director of the Department of Evolutionary Anthropology at the Max Planck Institute, was first to sequence DNA from a Neanderthal fossil.

ADD TO: Neanderthal DNA

Neanderthal inhabited Europe and the Near East until about 30,000 years ago. Over the next two years, the project team hopes to produce a draft of the Neanderthal genome that contains approximately three billion base pairs. Researchers want to look at the part of the human genome and Neanderthal genome that is different from the chimpanzee genome. They expect genetic differences to help them understand how homo sapiens evolved. Chimps are the closest living relative to homo sapiens and share 99% of the homo sapiens genome.

A SIGN OF THE TIMES

The following is a help wanted ad recently published in Urology Times:

Michigan-based urology practice has an immediate full-time opening for a urologist M.D. or D.O. Will consider new graduates. ESWL and Cryo partnerships available. In-office pathology laboratory. DaVinci Robot surgical system for prostate and kidney cases, and possibility of corporate partnership available.

TDR Comment: Mention of the group’s “in-office pathology laboratory” is obviously designed to alert potential candidates that physicians practicing in this urology group will be sharing in the profits from this ancillary service. This ad demonstrates how the urology profession is incorporating in-house anatomic pathology services into their business model.

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