NEW YORK, March 30 – USDA scientists who were supposed to test animals in the UK for foot-and-mouth disease with Cepheid’s Smart Cycler DNA detection system have instead postponed their trip, a scientist at Cepheid said Friday.

“They’re not going to the UK because the Brits are inundated with problems and don’t have time to respond to visitors,” said Kurt Petersen, president of Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Cepheid.

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