New Genetic Flu Test

A fast new genetic flu test won approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Tuesday and just in time for the flu season that is just beginning in the northern hemisphere.

This new test amplifies genetic material from the virus so it can be measured, that means it can be identified as either a seasonal influenza strain or a more virulent strain such as bird flu.

The from applied bio-systems and the U.S. Centers for disease control and prevention should be rolled out to state health departments soon.
The test is designed to be used by specialized labs such as those at state health departments, and -not- in doctors' offices.


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