NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The US Food and Drug Administration has granted Emergency Use Authorization for Abbott's RealTime Zika assay, which detects Zika RNA in human serum, EDTA plasma, and urine.

In practice, the RealTime Zika RT-PCR assay isolates nucleic acids from a sample and purifies them using the Abbott mSample Preparation System operating on the Abbott m2000sp instrument or on another authorized instrument, according to the FDA.

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