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US Defense Lab Selects Third Wave Reagents for CF Screening

NEW YORK, Dec 9 (GenomeWeb News) - The US Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP) - the central reference laboratory for the Army, Navy, Air Force, Public Health Service, and Department of Veterans Affairs - has selected Third Wave Technologies' Invader analyte-specific reagents for cystic fibrosis (CF) genetic screening, the company said today.

AFIP will use the Invader ASRs to screen US military personnel for genetic mutations associated with CF to determine whether those individuals are carriers for the disease. 

"We expect the number of [CF] test requests to double or triple as more and more Army facilities seek out our expertise," said Jack Lichy, director of the AFIP Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory.

The Scan

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In Science this week: pair of mutations in one gene uncovered in brothers with short stature and immunodeficiency, and more.