By Doug Macron

Asuragen said this week that it has established a number of collaborations to develop a new version of its microRNA-based pancreatic diagnostic that will use fine-needle aspirate biopsies, rather than samples obtained from formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tissues.

The test is expected to be available in the second half of this year through Asuragen's Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments-certified lab.

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