NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Roche said today that the US Food and Drug Administration has provided 510(k) clearance for its Cobas CT/NG assay for use on its Cobas 6800 and 8800 systems. The assay and systems have been cleared to directly detect the DNA of Chlamydia trachomatis (CT) and/or Neisseria gonorrhoeae (NG) in symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals.

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