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Virchows Archiv

, Volume 474, Issue 2, pp 137–138 | Cite as

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This month’s issue opens with a review by Chabot-Richards et al. ( https://doi.org/10.1007/s00428-018-2501-3) on the use of molecular methods for Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA) typing. Primary use of HLA typing is for solid organ and hematopoietic stem cell transplantation but lately the association of HLA types with specific diseases and its role in pharmacogenetics have gained in importance. Even though diagnostic use in histo- and cytopathology is virtually non-existent, the molecular methods are quite similar to those used for molecular genetic testing in a diagnostic pathology setting and might very well be performed in the same core facility.

Langer et al. ( https://doi.org/10.1007/s00428-018-2482-2) elaborate an original take on the future of autopsies. They reason that beyond the well-known medical, legal and socioeconomic factors responsible for ever-more declining autopsy rates, organization of space and workflow issues might be contributing factors. They redesigned their...

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