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Garbage In, Garbage Out

Error. It’s a subject no physician (or researcher, or analyst) wants to think about, especially when it comes to their ownpractice. And yet errors still occur.

Research is still irreproducible; clinical tests still show false positives and false negatives; results still sometimes make no sense at all. Why? In the medical laboratory, at least, the problems may not be integral to the test itself – rather, they may arise from the way a sample was treated before it ever underwent testing: the preanalytical phase.

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Carolyn Compton

Professor of Life Sciences, Arizona State University, and Adjunct Professor of Pathology, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, USA.

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