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By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Life Technologies today said that the US Department of Agriculture has approved its real-time PCR test for detecting swine flu virus in animals.

According to the firm, it is the first real-time PCR test approved by the agency for swine flu virus detection.

Life Tech said that the Applied Biosystems VetMax Gold SIV Detection Kit focuses on the pathogen's RNA but also targets multiple genomic regions to decrease the likelihood of false negatives.

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