Two diagnostics-related items caught my attention today. One was a story about an appeals court ruling that will have ripple effects in diagnostics. The court ruled Friday that diagnostic tests used to determine whether the right dose of medicine has been delivered to a patient can be patented.

December 21, 2010

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Patents and Dried Urine: What Do They Mean for Diagnostics?

(If you recall, we covered this topic earlier this year.) This ruling is important for the growing personalized medicine segment of diagnostics, and we can't wait to see what happens next.

The second story, delivered to my inbox, came from ZRT Laboratories, which has come up with a way to measure iodine levels in dried urine. Iodine is a critical element in the proper functioning of the thyroid gland, and ZRT says it is pivotal to the health and integrity of breast tissue as well. "Dried urine" is not exactly an appetizing thought, but how can you not click on something with that in the headline? The urine is collected twice daily on a filter strip, which is then sent to ZRT for analysis. —Lawrence Lloyd

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