Big hopes, bigger questions
with PD-L1

Despite the excitement surrounding atezolizumab’s approval and the potential role for other agents that target PD-L1/PD-1, Dr. Donna Hansel urges caution. Not all antibodies correspond specifically to each therapy, she says, and screening criteria vary by antibody.

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Dr. Donna Hansel

Epi proColon fires up hopes of capturing screening dodgers

“We know there are populations that are going to refuse a colonoscopy and refuse a stool-based fecal test. They’re not comfortable sending bowel movements in the mail, they’re not comfortable with preparation and everything you need for a colonoscopy, or they’re afraid of the procedure,” says Karen A. Heichman, PhD, vice president and director of the PharmaDx program at ARUP Laboratories.

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Dr. Karen Heichman

Up next for MALDI-TOF mass spec:
AFB, molds

Behold the humble API strip, made of plastic, with multiple miniature test chambers, interpreted with the aid of a color chart, and long a mainstay of microbiology laboratories. And now? “My new technologists don’t even know what an API strip is,” says Adam Barker, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Pathology, and medical director of the AFB laboratory, ARUP Laboratories.

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Dr. Adam Barker

Who, what, when? Bringing order to influenza testing

A yearly algorithm, a triage system, and a dashboard keep molecular testing for respiratory pathogens on track at Geisinger. Random-access testing and a reduced TAT are saving the health system millions, says Dr. Raquel Martinez (left), here with Barb Heiter, BS, MT(ASCP).

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Dr. Raquel Martinez and Barb Heiter

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