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By Ben Butkus

IQuum, a Boston-area company developing what it calls "lab-in-a-tube" technology for PCR-based molecular testing, said this week that it has been granted emergency use authorization from the US Food and Drug Administration for its influenza A/2009 H1N1 assay.

With the flu season coming to a close in the US and the FDA's EUA period set to expire on June 23, the authorization may not translate into immediate revenue opportunities for IQuum, which is currently scurrying to market the approved test.

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