Companies developing PCR or related nucleic acid amplification and detection technologies primarily for diagnostic purposes have garnered more than $9 million in grants from the Internal Revenue Service under a program designed to support new cost-saving therapies, create jobs, and increase US competitiveness.

The grants, awarded through the Qualifying Therapeutic Discovery Project Program created by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, were disclosed last week by the IRS.

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