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COVID-19 Laboratory Resources


A few important resources concerning the COVID-19 disease—in particular relating to laboratory testing—have been added to LIMSwiki. This section collates those internal articles for your convenience. Additionally, a few key external links are also included here.


: COVID-19 Testing, Reporting, and Information Management in the Laboratory

Guidance documents and authorized in vitro diagnostic test kits

? Laboratory testing for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in suspected human cases (WHO)
? Laboratory biosafety guidance related to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) (WHO)
? Policy for diagnostic tests for Coronavirus Disease-2019 during the public health emergency (FDA)
? Frequently asked questions on COVID-19 testing at laboratories (with links to guidance documents) (CDC)
? In vitro diagnostics emergency use authorizations (EUAs), with test kit instructions (FDA)

Relevant LIMSwiki articles

? COVID-19 (the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2)
? SARS-CoV-2 (the caronavirus strain responsible for COVID-19)
? Coronavirus (the virus family, of which SARS-CoV-2 is a member)
? COVID-19 testing
? Nucleic acid amplification test

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LIMSwiki books
Examples of books printed from Wikipedia

A LIMSwiki book is a collection of LIMSwiki articles that can be easily saved to the wiki, rendered electronically in PDF, or ordered as a printed book. Need to know more about LIMSwiki books?

Laboratory informatics software and products
LIMSwiki journal articles
Open-access articles becoming more common

A LIMSwiki journal article is a selected open-access article relating to various fields of informatics, free to republish elsewhere with proper citation. You can browse the collection using the tools below. Also note that like other articles found on this wiki, journal articles can be added to LIMSwiki books.

For a full listing of journals — open-access and otherwise — relating to laboratory informatics, bioinformatics, and other forms of informatics, please see LIMSWiki:Resources/Journals.

Open-source software

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Latest news

June 1, 2020:

The Most Popular Pages section has been removed from the front page of LIMSwiki today. For much of its existence, it stood as a fun means to see which pages were receiving the most viewer traffic, while also providing insights into which pages deserved a touch more editing attention. However, in recent years, it has been coopted by others to artificially inflate page views of specific vendor pages, to give those vendors a higher and unjustified ranking. This largely destroyed the original fun and intent of the tool, leaving it largely meaningless. In retrospect, a tool that included the word "popular" was inevitably going to be turned into a popularity contest, which is partially my fault. Alas ...

Shawn Douglas (talk) 17:17, 1 June 2020 (UTC)

May 20, 2020:

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It pleases me to announce the release of Edition 1.0 of the guide COVID-19 Testing, Reporting, and Information Management in the Laboratory. Given the rapidly changing state of the COVID-19 pandemic, this guide will receive minor updates every few weeks, or as needed (and thus the decimal editioning). The guide was created to address the evolving status of laboratory testing, reporting, and information management for the COVID-19 disease and pandemic. Aside from testing, reporting, and informatics topics related to COVID-19 (and other respiratory diseases), the guide also addresses tangential issues such as the slight relaxation of regulatory requirements like HIPAA and CLIA, as well as the technological advantages and challenges associated with digital contact tracing. The guide has a strong leaning towards the U.S. demographic, but several aspects of the guide branch out beyond the U.S. I hope you find it useful.

Shawn Douglas (talk) 18:17, 20 May 2020 (UTC)

March 13, 2020:

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I'm pleased to announce that the third edition of Past, Present, and Future of Cannabis Laboratory Testing and Regulation in the United States is now complete. Started in 2017, the guide sought to provide a balanced look at the industry surrounding the Cannabis plant, particularly in the United States, with a strong focus on laboratory testing. As more U.S. states (and other countries) have legalized the plant's use, the cannabis industry continues to rapidly evolve in ways expected and unexpected. This third edition builds on previous material, adding more historical perspective on changing regulations, standards, and social impacts. It also adds timely topics such as how the insurance market is catering to cannabis companies, and it highlights new efforts to standardize not only laboratory testing but also accreditation of testing labs. One other major move: we've moved primary hosting to the CannaQA wiki, a wiki similar in vein to this one but with a strong focus on cannabis science. (So what you're seeing here is a mirror of the content.) Enjoy!

Shawn Douglas (talk) 17:20, 13 March 2020 (UTC)