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Anna MacDonald

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Latest Content From Anna MacDonald

Diagnosing Vitamin B12 Deficiency Anemia
Industry Insight

Beckman Coulter has recently expanded their range of tools for anemia diagnosis, with the launch of the Access Active-B12 Assay. We spoke to Heather Read-Harper, European Senior Manager for Immunoassay and Clinical Chemistry at Beckman Coulter, to learn more about the assay and the advantages of detecting Active-B12.

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Testing for SARS-CoV-2 Using Fingerprint Sweat
Industry Insight

Intelligent Fingerprinting and Imperial College London are working together to develop a rapid, non-invasive test for SARS-CoV-2, using a fingerprint-based method. To learn more about the project and the benefits a fingerprint test could offer, we spoke to Phil Hand, Executive Chairman, Intelligent Fingerprinting.

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Antibody Tests To Detect SARS-CoV-2 Immune Status
Industry Insight

We recently spoke with Shamiram Feinglass, Global Chief Medical Officer at Beckman Coulter, to learn more about antibody tests, what they can tell us, and the value of this information.

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More Sensitive COVID-19 Testing Using Droplet Digital PCR
Industry Insight

We recently spoke with experts at Bio-Rad to learn more about the reasons for, and significance of, false negative test results, and how the use of a more sensitive test could help to reduce this problem.

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The Need for Broader Testing of COVID-19 Patients
Industry Insight

Diagnostic testing is playing a crucial role in global efforts to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. By identifying infected individuals, efficient isolation and contact tracing can take place. However, what role could broader testing of COVID-19 patients have?

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Every Test Counts – Volunteer Network Aims To Help Increase COVID-19 Testing
Article

To learn more about the COVID-19 Volunteer Testing Network, how laboratories can join it, and the difference it could make to the national response to the pandemic, we spoke to James Raftery, one of the network’s volunteers.

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Exploring the Utility of Stem Cell Therapy for COVID-19
Article

To learn more about the science behind stem cell therapies and how such a therapy would be produced and administered to COVID-19 patients, Technology Networks recently spoke with Giuseppe Mucci, CEO, Bioscience Institute.

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Testing for COVID-19
Article

Testing has been referred to as the "backbone" of the COVID-19 response. But what can testing tell us and what types of testing methods are there?

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Neutrophil Extracellular Traps and COVID-19 Severity
Article

Technology Networks spoke with Betsy Barnes, Professor at the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research, to learn more about NETs, the ways they might contribute to the clinical characteristics of COVID-19, and how they could serve as a therapeutic target.

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Mask Sampling for COVID-19 Detection
Article

Technology Networks spoke with Michael Barer, Professor of Clinical Microbiology at the University of Leicester, to learn more about mask sampling, the benefits of obtaining samples in this way, and the difference this approach could make to the COVID-19 response.

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