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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – A PCR-based panel assay from BioMérieux affiliate BioFire Diagnostics to detect 33 common pathogens causing lower respiratory tract infections has been granted 510(k) clearance by the US Food and Drug Administration.

Additionally, a version of the panel with an extra target has obtained CE mark.

The pneumonia panel test detects 18 bacteria and eight viruses, as well as seven genetic markers of antimicrobial resistance. The Plus version of the panel detects the same 33 targets as well as the MERS-CoV virus.

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