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Pathology Services

The Advanced Molecular Pathology Laboratory (AMPL) is a one-stop service for researchers and industry partners developing tissue arrays, and validation of clinical material. Our College of American Pathologists (CAP)-compliant facilities provide:

•Technical support for tissue-based research
•High quality tissue bioresources for the research community and biomedical industry

Core Strengths
To ensure the highest professional standards, AMPL has a team of experienced and qualified diagnostic histopathologists, supported by experienced medical and laboratory technologists. Researchers will have access to a variety of techniques necessary for human tissue-based research from histopathology consultation to immunodiagnostics.

AMPL is closely linked with the SingHealth Tissue Repository (STR), which is the largest research tissue repository in Singapore.
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AMPL provides a full-range of research services at cost-efficient prices, pegged below clinical laboratory charges for similar services. Services provided include:
1. Pathology and histological consultation
Consultation with a qualified pathologist supported by a team of pathology associates for:
•Interpretation of histology and immunostaining
•Classification and grading of neoplasms according to standard or protocol-defined criteria
•Selection of material for downstream applications
•Interpretation of histochemical and immunohistochemical stains
•Histological techniques, such as tissue processing, cryosectioning, microtomy, standard and special histochemical staining 

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2. Immunodiagnostics

  • Full range of immunodiagnostic techniques ranging from single-label immunostaining to multi-colour immunolabelling techniques
  • In-situ-Hybridisation (ISH) assays for detection of viral RNA can also be performed
  • In addition, AMPL can evaluate new antibodies for research and diagnostic purposes on cytological specimens, paraffin embedded archival material and tissue microarrays.

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3. Tissue microarray construction

  • Construction and stocking of tissue microarrays (TMA) derived from human tissues and neoplasm
  • Custom-made tissue arrays
  • All tissue arrays are produced under the supervision of a consultant pathologist, ensuring quality.

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4. Fluorescence in situ hybridisation

  • Fluorescence in situ hybridisation (FISH)
  • Whole chromosome painting with commercial reagents
  • Immuno-FISH (FICTION technique), which combines the power of FISH to detect genetic alterations with lineage identification of cells of interest by immunophenotype

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5. Nucleic acid extraction

  • DNA and RNA extraction from frozen tissue using Qiagen EZ1 XL Advanced Machine
  • Calculation of the quantity of the extracted samples performed using Caliper DropSense Machine
  • Spectrophotometry and gel electrophoresis, quality scoring for RNA and DNA performed using Caliper GX II machine 

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 The scope of work and service fees depends on the nature of the protocol, the complexity of the procedure and the number of specimens.