NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Hologic said today that Health Canada has approved its Panther Fusion system and assays for respiratory virus infections.

The Fusion module is an in-lab upgrade to Hologic's Panther instrument, which enables labs to extend the testing capabilities of their existing Panther, Hologic said. The module adds the flexibility of PCR to the proven performance of transcription-mediated amplification used by the Panther system, the firm said.

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