NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Mesa Biotech today said that the US Food and Drug Administration has cleared and CLIA-waived the company's Accula RSV respiratory syncytial virus test for diagnostic use in both children and adults.

According to the San Diego-based firm, the nasal swab test combines the superior sensitivity, specificity, and information content of laboratory-based PCR tests and the simplicity, convenience, and procedural familiarity of traditional point-of-care rapid immunoassays.

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Kelvin Droegemeier, the new science advisor, spoke at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting, Geekwire reports.

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