NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Nanosphere today announced that the US Food and Drug Administration has cleared its test for the detection of gram-negative bacteria that cause bloodstream infections.

Additionally, the firm said that it has submitted to FDA its test for gastrointestinal infections and announced preliminary revenues of $3.4 million for the fourth quarter.

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