NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Cepheid's Xpert Xpress Flu and Xpert Xpress Flu/RSV tests have received clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration, the firm announced today.

The tests are the first in the firm's planned line of Xpress branded tests — faster versions of the firm's Xpert test cartridges enabling test times of 30 minutes or less.

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