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2018 Issues

Molecular Pathology Abstracts, 1/18

January 2018—Importance of interstitial genes that exist between gene fusion partners in prostate cancer: Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers affecting men, yet understanding of the disease’s development and progression is limited. One of the most effective ways to stratify treatment and outcomes is based on pathology review of prostate biopsies, though the application of molecular testing to these samples is increasing.

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Newsbytes, 1/18

January 2018—Why pathologists shouldn’t ‘pass the baton’ with IT: It may be tempting to stay in your comfort zone and leave the technology decisions to the information technology experts. But pathologists who abdicate oversight of IT projects within their departments are setting up those projects for failure, says John H. Sinard, MD, PhD, professor of pathology and medical director of pathology informatics at Yale University School of Medicine.

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Q&A column, 1/18

January 2018—We are in the process of validating the Stago STA Compact Max and Stago STA R Max with cap piercing. The company is stating that the open and closed modes follow the same testing pathway and therefore validation between modes is not necessary. Is this correct? Is PHI (phosphohexose isomerase), also known as GPI (glucose phosphate isomerase), mainly responsible for metastasis and circulating tumor cells?

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Put It on the Board, 1/18

January 2018—Some safety issues more gray than black and white: Most laboratory safety rules are free from ambiguity. Anyone who handles specimens must wear personal protective equipment, for example. Some issues are less clearly defined, though, and require a deeper dive into the guidelines. That is where Dan Scungio, MT (ASCP), SLS, CQA(ASQ), comes in.

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