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High Tech Labs: Revolutionizing the Clinician’s Toolbox

28 NOV 2013

This week, the AAPS blog looks at recent advancements in laboratory tools, and how they are impacting the way we do clinical research.  The blog post, High Tech Labs, reports on new molecular diagnostics capabilities and how they have impacted the every-day practices and procedures of analysis:

“From analyzing patient samples to indentifying genetic disorders, new tools for molecular diagnostics have revolutionized clinical research. According to John Osiecki and Chris Bird, managers at Roche Diagnostics Molecular Centers of Excellence, traditional laboratory diagnostic methods raised efficiency problems and demanded advanced expertise in manual methods. However, in recent years, the molecular diagnostics industry has expanded, facilitated by improvements in technology and an increase of products with FDA approval. High tech molecular diagnostic tools are growing more widely available, helping to propel clinical testing into a new era of reliability.”

However, similar to any substantial advancement in technology, one can’t help but wonder what the impact will be on those fundamental, manual skills. It is true that molecular diagnostics provides us with numerous advantages, including the all-important customization of drug therapies, but will clinicians come to rely exclusively on the new technology rather than cultivating critical “grassroots” abilities, intuitions, and insights?