NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News)— Smiths Detection has received a $2.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop a PCR-based test for multiple influenza types in humans, the London-based company said.

The two-year grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases will support development of a test that will use LATE PCR technology on the company’s Bio-Seeq instrument and may be administered at the point of care or in a conventional lab.

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