blood screening

The assay runs on the Procleix Panther system and detects B. microti, B. duncani, B. divergens, and B. venatorum parasites that can be transmitted by tick bites or blood donation. 

Hologic's CEO said in December that the blood screening business was a drag on the company's growth. 

Babesia parasite in a blood cell

The three-year trial used immunoassays and PCR testing, and found 335 Babesia microti positive samples among 89,153 blood donations.

Roche's PCR-based Cobas test is also being deployed at one blood center in the US and is proving to be highly accurate, the agency said.

The Cobas Zika test is a qualitative in vitro nucleic acid screening test for the direct detection of Zika virus in plasma specimens from human blood donors.

The new Kansas City-based center will provide national genomic profiling of blood donations to more precisely match donors and transplant recipients, and reduce adverse outcomes.

The study showed that introducing a synthetic molecule into the blood of mice could force cancer cells, but not normal cells, to express a detectable biomarker.

The real-time PCR assay is designed to detect and identify HIV, hepatitis B virus, and hepatitis C virus in donations of human whole blood and blood components.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) — Hologic reported after the close of the market on Wednesday a 6 percent increase in revenues for its fiscal fourth quarter, including a 2 percent uptick in revenues for its Diagnostics business.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) — Roche said today that it has received CE marking for the cobas 6800/8800 automated molecular testing systems for blood and plasma donor screening.

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