Cepheid this week released an updated Xpert BCR-ABL Monitor test that incorporates lot-specific standardization using the World Health Organization BCR-ABL standards.

Cepheid is launching the test as a European CE IVD-marked product. The assay runs on Cepheid's GeneXpert system and detects the BCR-ABL mRNA transcript in the peripheral blood of patients with chronic myelogenous leukemia in about two hours.

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