Celebrate DNA Day!

Congress approved the first National DNA Day in April 2003 to celebrate both the completion of the Human Genome Project and the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the double-helix structure of DNA.  Here are some fun facts related to DNA: Fact #1: 2022 marks the 32nd anniversary of the launch of the Human Genome […]

The Pitfalls of At-Home COVID-19 Testing

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, identifying individuals who have been infected with SARS-CoV-2 in a reliable and timely manner has been a crucial strategy in controlling the spread of the disease. Over the course of the last two years, several at-home tests have been approved or authorized for individuals to quickly and easily test themselves for […]

Is the pandemic ending? Is COVID-19 now endemic?

After the global spikes in positive Omicron variant cases in December 2021 and January 2022, February saw a dip in the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths worldwide. In addition to this, several US states have lifted mask mandates. Large companies like Walmart and Amazon have dropped mask restrictions for fully vaccinated individuals. As of […]

The BA.2 Omicron Variant: Here’s What You Should Know

Although the “original” BA.1 subvariant of Omicron is the dominant form of the SARS-CoV-2 variant worldwide, a subvariant, BA.2 is now spreading rapidly in Asia and in parts of Europe and is reported to be the dominant form of SARS-CoV-2 in Denmark. Cases in India and the UK are on the rise. The subvariant has […]

What experts are saying about the flu-COVID-19 “twindemic”

In 2020, the news broke that the Pfizer and Moderna SARS-CoV-2 vaccines had reached historic milestones. This began the conversation about a roll-out plan and how our lives would be impacted moving forward. At that point in time, many schools around the US were still closed, many workers were still remote and mask-wearing restrictions were […]

The Omicron Variant: What We Know So Far

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On Friday, November 26, the Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2, the agent behind COVID-19 was classified as a variant of concern by the World Health Organization (WHO) after reports of its detection and genetic sequence were released from South Africa. A variant of concern is a viral variant that is considered more contagious, more virulent, or better […]

From Endless Assay Components to One Integrated Solution: A Case Study with CardioPath Laboratories

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CardioPath Laboratories is a US-based comprehensive laboratory providing histology, immunohistochemistry, and molecular testing via endomyocardial biopsy using a simple, all-in-one approach. CardioPath also performs COVID-19 testing with a high-throughput capacity of 1,000 patient samples per day. CardioPath is registered as a CLIA (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments) and College of American Pathologists (CAP)-accredited high complexity lab. […]

The SARS CoV-2 Lambda Variant: Here’s What You Should Know

Like all RNA viruses, SARS-CoV-2 is prone to mutations—adaptive changes that can alter a virus’ pathogenic potential and other characteristics. These mutations can create distinct variants of the virus, adding complexity to what has already become the most significant global public health challenge since the 1918 influenza pandemic.    On June 15, 2021, the World Health […]