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SeraCare Zika Virus Reference Materials

SeraCare Life Sciences has launched a set of reference materials for validating and monitoring Zika virus test methods. The AccuSet Zika Performance Panel is a 10-member panel consisting of patient samples demonstrating a range of reactivity for Zika IGM antibodies, and assessed for cross-reactivity to dengue and chikungunya. The panel is intended for use by researchers, diagnostic manufacturers, and clinical laboratories to develop, evaluate, and validate Zika serological test methods. The panel members have been comprehensively tested following the recommended US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention algorithm and using several commercially available methods.

SeraCare also launched the AccuSpan Zika RNA Linearity Panel and the AccuPlex Zika RNA Reference Material, both formulated using the company's AccuPlex recombinant virus technology. These safe, non-replicative, non-infectious, and fully extractable positive reference materials support the development and evaluation of molecular diagnostics detecting Zika virus.

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