NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Hologic said Wednesday that the US Food and Drug Administration has given premarket approval for use of its Aptima HCV Quant Dx assay on the automated, sample-to-answer Panther system, to quantify hepatitis C viral load and confirm active HCV infection.

In the US, the Panther menu already includes tests for HIV-1 viral load and sexually-transmitted infections that include chlamydia, gonorrhea, trichomonas, and human papillomavirus.

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