NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The Medical Device Bureau of Health Canada has granted a license to Abbott to market its RealTime High Risk HPV molecular diagnostic test for detecting human papillomavirus, Abbott announced today.

The test, which was CE marked in 2008, detects 14 high-risk HPV genotypes with simultaneous detection of HPV genotypes 16 and 18, which are known to pose the highest risk of progression to cervical cancer. About 70 percent of cervical cancer cases are found to have HPV 16 and/or 18, Abbott said.

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