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Who, what, when? Bringing order to influenza testing

November 2016—Raquel M. Martinez, PhD, D(ABMM), is very happy in her role as director of clinical and molecular microbiology at Geisinger Health System, Danville, Pa. But in another universe she might have applied her skills to television journalism instead. That’s because like any good interviewer, she not only values sensitivity and specificity but also is fond of asking crucial questions such as “When?” “Who?” and “Where?”

Labs enter a MALDI-TOF state of mind

October 2016—When MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry enters the microbiology lab, it’s a little like watching Sir John Falstaff settle his considerable girth onstage. Things happen. Characters fret and flee, scheme, opine, panic, and, in the case of Prince Hal, ascend to greatness. (And, if we’re honest, some just get drunk.) Both, in brief, are an upending presence.

Too few studies to steer test protocols for pediatrics

August 2014—Are children equivalent to miniature adults? Common sense and years of research on age-related differences in microbiota, immune system development, and infectious disease susceptibility point to a resounding no. But in clinical microbiology practice, if not in theory, pediatric patients are too often worked up as miniature adults, says Jennifer Dien Bard, PhD, D(ABMM), FCCM, director of the clinical microbiology laboratory and acting director of the clinical virology laboratory at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and an assistant professor of clinical pathology at the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine.