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Heading for the networked laboratory

Dear Sir or Madam,

The networking of data and their machine-based analysis will dominate many areas in the future. Medical laboratories also need to take this step, since too many processes are still done manually and too many devices still work separated from each other. Read our latest Topic of the Month to learn what the way into the networked laboratory world can look like.

Stay healthy!

Timo Roth
Editorial team

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Topic of the Month: The laboratory 4.0
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The laboratory 4.0: networked analyses

Topic of the Month

Image: View into a device that automatically processes laboratory samples; Copyright: PantherMedia/Sonar
There is likely no other branch of medicine where you can find as many high-tech devices as in modern laboratories. A major part of diagnostic and biomedical research is done here. A lot of individual steps in work processes need to be followed precisely to ensure the results' quality. Also, a lot of data is generated here. Therefore, the laboratory of the future needs to automate processes and to work with networked devices to avoid errors.
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Detecting small amounts of virus in early infections

Laboratory Equipment, Diagnostica, Research & Technology

Diagnostic devices that are used at home or in doctors' offices are often not sensitive enough to detect small amounts of a virus that might be present in samples from asymptomatic patients, which can occur in early stage COVID-19.
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New X-ray detection technology developed

Research & Technology, Electromedicine, Medical Technology

Florida State University researchers have developed a new material that could be used to make flexible X-ray detectors that are less harmful to the environment and cost less than existing technologies.
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COVID-19: asthma may not be a significant risk factor

Laboratory Equipment, Diagnostica, Research & Technology

A new research letter published online in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society examines whether asthma is a significant risk factor for developing COVID-19 that is severe enough to warrant hospitalization and intubation. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, individuals with asthma are at higher risk for hospitalization and other severe effects from COVID-19.
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Project "HCA|Organoid": toward a single-cell atlas of human organoids

Public Health & Associations, Electromedicine, Medical Technology

HCA|Organoid is a new EU research project that combines single-cell profiling and organoid technology to validate organoids as faithful models of human biology. By creating well-characterized in vitro models of human organs, this resource will enable future discovery-driven and translational research on rare genetic diseases, complex multifactorial diseases, and on cancer.
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ERA-NET project NExT: earlier diagnosis of endocrine pancreatic tumors

Public Health & Associations, Laboratory Equipment, Diagnostica

Since autumn 2019, the Fraunhofer Institute for Biomedical Engineering IBMT coordinates the BMBF-funded ERA-NET project "NExT" that aims to detect endocrine pancreatic tumors at an earlier stage and to improve therapies in cooperation with international research partners.
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