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Cepheid to Donate RT-PCR Systems, Reagents to Help Identify Infectious Diseases Spawned by Katrina

NEW YORK, Sept. 8 (GenomeWeb News) - Cepheid will donate the use of four SmartCycler real-time PCR systems, reagents, and services to the Association of Public Health Laboratories, specifically the State of Louisiana Public Health Laboratory in New Orleans, the company said today.


The equipment will be used to test water and check for infectious diseases in communities in Louisianaaffected by hurricane Katrina.


The New Orleans Public Health Labs already own nine SmartCycler systems. Cepheid's reagents will be used to test for infectious disease agents, including B. pertussis, B. pertussis/B. parapertussis, enterovirus, norovirus, influenza A/B, respiratory syncytial virus, and E. coli. The company will also donate SmartMix HM, refurbishment services, training, and technical support.

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