In Brief This Week: Abbott; Bio-Rad Laboratories; Prometheus Laboratories; GeneGo, Sigma-Aldrich; Fluidigm | GenomeWeb

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Abbott received CE Marking in the European Union for its RealTime mS9 Colorectal cancer test, a non-invasive DNA assay that detects the methylated form of Septin 9. The assay, which runs on Abbott's m2000 PCR-based molecular diagnostic system, can be used by physicians to determine if a patient should be referred for colonoscopy. The test is not available for sale in the US, the firm noted.

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