September 17, 2012 “Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

Exome sequencing testing for cancer patients is now offered by the Cancer Genetics Laboratory at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) in Houston, Texas. This clinical testing will be performed using next-generation gene sequencing technology. Pathologists at Baylor are among the first in the nation to offer exome-based testing services. “Cancer exome sequencing is poised to change the current paradigm of genetic testing for cancer patients,” declared Federico Monzon, M.D., in a BCM press release. Monzon is Director of Molecular Pathology at the Cancer Genetics Laboratory.


MORE ON: Exome Testing at Baylor

Clinical testing based on the human exome has great potential to improve the accuracy of diagnosing cancer. The human exome is made up of about 180,000 exons, representing 3% of the genome. Yet, on this 3%, which directs protein synthesis, research indicates that most errors can be found that contribute to altered protein function in tumors. THE DARK REPORT wrote about advances in exome testing in its April 2, 2012, issue.


It’s 27 months of jail time for Linda M. Dessell, formerly office manager of Alexandria Pathology Laboratory, based in Alexandria, Louisiana. Dessell pled guilty to charges that she had embezzled $350,000 from her employer between 2006 and 2010. She wrote fraudulent checks to herself and her personal creditors from the pathology company’s checking account. Dessell was also fined $8,000 and ordered to pay $350,000 in restitution.


    • At the age of 80, Eloise Sweet, is retiring from her job as a medical technologist at the laboratory of St. Charles Hospital in Bend, Oregon. It completes a 55-year career in the clinical laboratory, with more than 37 years of service at St. Charles Hospital.
    • Cleveland HeartLab, in Cleveland, Ohio, announced the appointment of Deborah H. Sun, Ph.D., as Vice President of Laboratory Operations. Sun was formerly at South Bend Medical Foundation.

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