By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Micronics today said that it has received a $2.6 million from the US Department of Defense to support development of its PanNAT system for point-of-care molecular diagnostics of infectious pathogens.

Redmond, Wash.-based Micronics is developing the sample-to-answer system for rapid disease detection. It said that the PanNAT system will directly detect multiple blood-borne pathogens, including hepatitis B and C and HIV, in fresh blood samples.

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