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NEW YORK – A new, more contagious variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus is currently being tracked in an unexpected way: through failure of components of RT-qPCR assays.

On a call with test developers on Wednesday, the US Food and Drug Administration addressed the issue, which primarily involves the dropout of the SARS-CoV-2 S-gene target. Certain assays from Thermo Fisher Scientific appear to be the most widely used tests experiencing S-gene dropout at this point, and the company is currently positioning its tests as a solution for variant surveillance.

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