NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Progenika this week said that its CLIA laboratory has received accreditation from the College of American Pathologists.

The Medford, Mass.-based firm provides blood group genotyping services to blood banks and hospitals in the US and Canada.

It also provides genetic testing for familial hypercholesterolemia. The firm said this test also is used by pharmaceutical firms in developing cholesterol-lowering drugs.

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