NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Cepheid today said that it has received clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration to market its Xpert C. difficile test.

The Sunnyvale, Calif.-based molecular diagnostics firm said the test is designed to provide results in 45 minutes. It detects the bacterium that causes Clostridium difficile infection, a prevalent healthcare-associated infection.

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