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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Roche announced today that the US Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of Roche's Cobas Zika assay to screen blood samples under an Investigational New Drug application protocol.

The Cobas Zika test is a qualitative in vitro nucleic acid screening test for the direct detection of Zika virus in plasma specimens from individual human blood donors. It is designed for use with Roche's fully automated Cobas 6800/8800 Systems, the company said.

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