NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Cepheid said this week that it released an improved Xpert BCR-ABL Monitor test as a CE IVD product in the European Union. The firm said that the new test, which is used to monitor patients with chronic myelogenous leukemia, detects BCR-ABL chromosomal translocation in about 2 hours as compared to 2.5 hours for the original product release.

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