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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The US Food and Drug Administration is currently reviewing a laboratory-developed molecular assay for Zika virus being offered by Houston Methodist Hospital and Texas Children's Hospital to determine whether it meets the definition of a high-risk medical device and is therefore subject to regulatory oversight.

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