NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Qiagen said today that it has licensed technology from the Institute for Animal Health for molecular testing for bluetongue, a viral disease that affects sheep, cattle, and other farm animals and is spreading through Europe. 
 
Under the agreement, Qiagen has licensed a molecular assay design for the bluetongue virus, called the cador BTV RT-PCR Kit, which it plans to launch in 2009.
 

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