NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Horizon Diagnostics and Riken Genesis today announced a deal for Riken to be the sole distributor of HDx's molecular reference standards in Japan.

The lack of reliable and renewable sources of reference standards, essential for molecular laboratories, has been a "major obstacle" and even with the availability of patient samples, variability in DNA extraction and a lack of standardization can result in errors, the companies said.

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