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Contributors CONSULTING EDITOR ALAN WELLS, MD, DMSc Department of Pathology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania GUEST EDITOR TESTER F. ASHAVAID, PhD, FACB, CSci Consultant Biochemist, Head, Department of Laboratory Medicine; Joint Director–Research, P. D. Hinduja National Hospital and Medical Research Centre, Veer Savarkar Marg, Mahim, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India AUTHORS PRIYA ABRAHAM, MD, PhD Professor of Microbiology, Department of Clinical Virology, Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India TESTER F. ASHAVAID, PhD, FACB, CSci Consultant Biochemist, Head, Department of Laboratory Medicine; Joint Director–Research, P. D. Hinduja National Hospital and Medical Research Centre, Veer Savarkar Marg, Mahim, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India NABAJYOTI CHOUDHURY, MBBS, PhD, MBA Senior Consultant & Head, Transfusion Medicine, Tata Medical Centre, Kolkata, India TULSI D. CHUGH, MD, FRCPath Emeritus Professor, National Academy of Medical Sciences; Chairman, Department of Microbiology, BLK Super Speciality Hospital, New Delhi, India POONAM DAS, MD Head, Laboratory and Transfusion Services, Max Healthcare, New Delhi, India KEDAR K. DEODHAR, MD, FRCPath Associate Professor and Pathologist, Department of Pathology, Tata Memorial Hospital, Parel, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India PRITI DESAI, MBBS, MD, DCP Assistant Professor, Department of Transfusion Medicine, Tata Memorial Hospital, Parel, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India ALPA J. DHERAI, PhD Consultant Biochemist, Department of Laboratory Medicine, P.D. Hinduja National Hospital and Medical Research Center, Mahim, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India RATNA DUA PURI, MD, DM Senior Consultant, Clinical Genetics, Center of Medical Genetics, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi, India Laboratory Medicine in India

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CONSULTING EDITOR

ALAN WELLS, MD, DMScDepartment of Pathology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

GUEST EDITOR

TESTER F. ASHAVAID, PhD, FACB, CSciConsultant Biochemist, Head, Department of Laboratory Medicine; JointDirector–Research, P. D. Hinduja National Hospital and Medical Research Centre, VeerSavarkar Marg, Mahim, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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PRIYA ABRAHAM, MD, PhDProfessor of Microbiology, Department of Clinical Virology, Christian Medical College,Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India

TESTER F. ASHAVAID, PhD, FACB, CSciConsultant Biochemist, Head, Department of Laboratory Medicine; JointDirector–Research, P. D. Hinduja National Hospital and Medical Research Centre, VeerSavarkar Marg, Mahim, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

NABAJYOTI CHOUDHURY, MBBS, PhD, MBASenior Consultant & Head, Transfusion Medicine, Tata Medical Centre, Kolkata, India

TULSI D. CHUGH, MD, FRCPathEmeritus Professor, National Academy of Medical Sciences; Chairman, Department ofMicrobiology, BLK Super Speciality Hospital, New Delhi, India

POONAM DAS, MDHead, Laboratory and Transfusion Services, Max Healthcare, New Delhi, India

KEDAR K. DEODHAR, MD, FRCPathAssociate Professor and Pathologist, Department of Pathology, Tata Memorial Hospital,Parel, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

PRITI DESAI, MBBS, MD, DCPAssistant Professor, Department of Transfusion Medicine, Tata Memorial Hospital, Parel,Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

ALPA J. DHERAI, PhDConsultant Biochemist, Department of Laboratory Medicine, P.D. Hinduja NationalHospital and Medical Research Center, Mahim, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

RATNA DUA PURI, MD, DMSenior Consultant, Clinical Genetics, Center of Medical Genetics, Sir Ganga RamHospital, New Delhi, India

Laboratory Medicine in India

RAJNI GAIND, MDConsultant and Associate Professor (Microbiology), Vardhman Mahavir Medical College;Associated, Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi, India

AMAR DAS GUPTA, MD, PhDMentor, Hematology Services and President, International Super Religare Laboratories,Goregaon (West), Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

VIJAY GUPTA, PGDBMDirector, Marketing, P.D. Hinduja National Hospital and Medical Research Centre,Mahim, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

ANIL HANDOO, MDSenior Consultant Haematology and Director Laboratory Services, Quality ManagementDepartment, BLK Super Speciality Hospital, New Delhi, India

MONIKA JAWANJAL, MBBSHouse Officer, Department of Cardiology, P.D. Hinduja National Hospital and MedicalResearch Centre, Mahim, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

SHASHANK R. JOSHI, MBBS, MD, DMConsultant Endocrinologist, Department of Endocrinology, Lilavati Hospital, BhatiaHospital, Bandra (West); Department of Endocrinology, Grant Medical College andSir J J Group of Hospitals; Immediate Past President, Research Society for Study OfDiabetes In India (RSSDI), Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

SUDHA KOHLI, PhDSenior Consultant, Division of Molecular Genetics, Center of Medical Genetics, SirGanga Ram Hospital, Rajender Nagar, New Delhi, India

MEENA LALL, PhDSenior Consultant, Division of Cytogenetics, Center of Medical Genetics, Sir GangaRam Hospital, New Delhi, India

PALAT K. MENON, MD, PhDSenior Medical Director, Quest Diagnostics India Pvt. Ltd, Gurgaon, Haryana, India

SHOIBAL MUKHERJEE, MD, DMVice President and Head Asia Medical Sciences Group at Quintiles Research PrivateLimited, Gurgaon, Haryana, India

MICHAEL PEREIRA, MScNational AIDS Research Institute, MIDC, Bhosari, Pune, India

CHANDRASHEKHAR K. PONDE, MDConsultant Cardiologist, Department of Cardiology, P.D. Hinduja National Hospital andMedical Research Centre, Mahim, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

CAMILLA RODRIGUES, MDDepartment of Microbiology, P.D. Hinduja National Hospital and Medical ResearchCenter, Mahim, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

RENU SAXENA, PhDSenior Consultant, Division of Molecular Genetics, Center of Medical Genetics, SirGanga Ram Hospital, Rajender Nagar, New Delhi, India

SWARUP SHAH, PhDSenior Research Fellow, Research Laboratories, P.D. Hinduja National Hospital andMedical Research Centre, Mahim, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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SHOBHONA SHARMA, PhDDepartment of Biological Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai,Maharashtra, India

HARIPALSINGH M. SONAWAT, PhDDepartment of Chemical Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai,Maharashtra, India

SWAROOP KRISHAN SOOD, MD, FISHBTSenior Consultant Haematology and Chairman, Quality Management Department, BLKSuper Speciality Hospital, New Delhi, India

SRIKANTH TRIPATHY, MBBS, MDNational AIDS Research Institute, MIDC, Bhosari, Pune, India

SRIRAM PRASAD TRIPATHY, MDHonorary Consultant to the Indian Council of Medical Research 2, Radhika Vaibhav,Jagtapnagar, Wanawadi, Pune, India

VIRAL VADWAI, Doctorate Fellow (PhD), M TechDepartment of Microbiology, P.D. Hinduja National Hospital and Medical ResearchCenter, Mahim, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

ISHWAR C. VERMA, MBBS, FRCP, FAAPDirector, Center of Medical Genetics, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Rajender Nagar, NewDelhi, India

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