, Volume 6, Issue 5, pp 369-379

Molecular diagnosis in lymphoma

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The evolution of our ability to diagnose and classify lymphomas in an increasingly refined manner has paralleled the development of novel technologic approaches, with contemporary practice dependent upon the harnessing of a plethora of data that include microscopic, immunophenotypic, and genetic information. Although each of these components is currently indispensable, there is a purported progressive improvement in biologic objectivity as one maneuvers through these respective technologies. Accordingly, and in particular given the rapid pace at which key insights into lymphoma biology are emerging with microarray and other cutting-edge technologies, the role of molecular genetic testing is assuming even greater relevance. The ability to diagnose and classify lymphomas more accurately, precisely, and rationally by incorporating molecular data ought to lead to the development of more appropriate directed therapies.