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Life Technologies launches real-time PCR test for SIV strains

Life Technologies has launched the USDA approved real-time polymerase chain reaction-based (PCR) test - VetMAX-Gold Swine Influenza Virus (SIV) Detection Kit to detect SIV strains, including H1N1.

The approval of the SIV Detection Kit is based on the completion of the USDA’s review process to ensure safety and effectiveness of the real-time PCR test and evaluate production and quality systems compliance at the manufacturing site.

Designed to zero in on the pathogen’s RNA, it also targets multiple genomic regions to decrease the likelihood of false negatives.

Life Technologies claims that the SIV Detection Kit is used to diagnose animals.

Life Technologies Animal Health and Food Safety head Nir Nimrodi said the kit complements their growing number of federally approved, molecular solutions developed to help test for diseases that threaten food producers’ valuable herds and, their business.