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This article has been updated to include additional information about the size of Ginkgo Bioworks' award from the NIH.

NEW YORK – The National Institutes of Health said on Friday that it is awarding a total of $248.7 million in contracts to seven biomedical diagnostic companies under its Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) initiative, to support a range of new lab-based and point-of-care tests for the detection of SARS-CoV-2, the virus causing the COVID-19 pandemic.

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