NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Diagnostics manufacturer Alere announced today that it has received US Food and Drug Administration clearance for a group A Streptococcus test that runs on the firm's isothermal nucleic acid amplification platform, the Alere i.

The new test takes eight minutes or less to detect strep DNA in throat swab specimens, the company said in a statement. The firm also announced that is has submitted an application for CLIA waiver for the test.

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