clinical lab errors

A study led by Johns Hopkins describes a method for automating slow, inaccurate manual chart review when searching for signs of misdiagnosis.

The company estimates that the quality control issue resulted in between two and 15 patients getting a false negative result. 

To Catch the Swap

DNA fingerprinting could catch some sample mix-ups at pathology labs, the New York Times says.

Regulators have proposed banning Theranos CEO from owning or operating any lab for two years, the Wall Street Journal reports.

An Australian-led team has generated a draft genome assembly of the invasive cane toad in hopes it will help in population control, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

The New York Times reports that the US Department of Defense has implemented about half the recommendations made to improve safe handling of dangerous agents.

In PLOS this week: approach for teasing out archaic introgression in human genomes, immune transcription features in HCV infection, and more.

Stat News reports that Maryland is promoting itself to the biotech industry with a mobile billboard.