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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – A recent evaluation of FDA-approved molecular HPV screening assays from Roche, Hologic, and Qiagen has found that the three tests showed variations in which samples tested positive or negative. These disparate results point to an obvious question: would it be worse to receive a falsely positive result or a negative result when an individual is actually infected with a high-risk viral strain?

It appears the answer to that question will remain a matter of debate among the makers of those tests and researchers.

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