Gen-Probe said this week that Health Canada has granted the company a medical device license for Panther, Gen-Probe's fully automated and integrated molecular testing platform.

Under the new license, Panther may be used in Canada to run the Aptima Combo 2 assay, Gen-Probe's dual test for chlamydia and gonorrhea.

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