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A majority of these assays use standard RT-PCR, but a few have novel methodologies that may help control the current outbreak in Africa, prevent an outbreak in the US, and possibly advance the field of molecular diagnostics.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Swiss-based pathogen sequencing analysis firm BioInnovation Solutions today said that it and the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases have developed a panel for the rapid detection and surveillance of filoviruses, such as Ebola and Marburg.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Tekmira Pharmaceuticals this week announced that it has received clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration to provide its experimental Ebola drug, called TKM-Ebola, to individuals with confirmed or suspected infections under expanded access protocols.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) — South Korean molecular diagnostics firm Bioneer announced on Wednesday the availability of a molecular test kit for the Ebola virus that it has developed in collaboration with the Nigerian National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA).

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Amid the growing outbreak of Ebola virus in West Africa, investors been paying close attention to Tekmira Pharmaceuticals and its Phase I treatment for the hemorrhagic fever, putting the company's shares on a rollercoaster ride in recent months.

Germany's MoBiTec said this week announced the availability of the EBOV real time RT-PCR kit for the detection of Ebola virus.

Germany's Altona Diagnostics said this week that it has launched the RealStar Filovirus Type RT-PCR kit, a real-time PCR assay for identification and differentiation of the five Ebolavirus species and Marburgvirus.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Tekmira Pharmaceuticals this week provided an update on its investigational Ebola infection therapy TKM-Ebola, stating that it expects to provide US regulators with the information required to resume clinical testing of the drug by the fourth quarter of this year.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Tekmira Pharmaceuticals announced last week that the US Food and Drug Administration has modified the hold it placed on the use of the company's investigational Ebola drug TKM-Ebola and will permit its use in infected individuals.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The US Food and Drug Administration has authorized the use of a PCR-based test for the diagnosis of the Ebola Zaire virus.

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