NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) — The Translational Genomics Research Institute and Northern Arizona University have been jointly awarded a US patent for an allele-specific, real-time PCR-based assay to detect H1N1 pandemic flu and resistance to antiviral treatments.

With the patent in hand, TGen and NAU are now seeking a commercial partner to bring the assay to market, where it may prove useful in diagnosing H1N1 flu and determining whether it is resistant to commonly used antiviral treatments such as adamantane derivatives and oseltamivir, marketed as Tamiflu by Roche.

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