NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The US Food and Drug Administration has authorized the use of a PCR-based test for the diagnosis of the Ebola Zaire virus.

The test was developed by the US Department of Defense and uses Thermo Fisher Scientific Life Technologies' TaqMan technology. It is authorized by FDA for use in laboratories "designated by DoD to help facilitate effective responses to the ongoing Ebola outbreak detected in West Africa," a spokesperson for the FDA said in an email to GenomeWeb Daily News.

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