NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The Red Cross Blood Transfusion Service of Upper Austria said today it has been accredited by the European Federation for Immunogenetics for the use of human leukocyte antigen tests based on next-generation sequencing on Roche's GS Junior system.

The method provides more precise and rapid tissue-typing and donor selection for stem cell transplants, the laboratory said. The HLA testing had been use only for research, but will now be available as "a standard routine diagnostic procedure," it added.

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