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Applied Biosystems moves to aid swine flu testing

1st May 2009

Applied Biosystems’ Life Technologies Corporation (LTC) is making its technology readily available across the globe to help avoid the spread of the influenza A H1N1 virus.

The condition, which is also known as swine flu, is a strain of the disease which the company believes should be carefully monitored – and states its tools can form a vital role in this.

As such, the group has announced plans to offer global aid in the identification of influenza A H1N1 by the formation of a 24-hour taskforce to be coordinated with any international requests for help with the outbreak.

It is hoped this initiative will be able to assist with matters such as instrument training, supply chain management and ensuring its products are administrated to those who need them as rapidly as possible.

Mark Stevenson, president and chief operating officer for LTC, said the recent spread of the virus reflects the need for “strong global surveillance programs”.

“Our technologies continue to be essential tools for public health agencies as they shift from reacting to the emergence of a potentially pandemic flu strain to proactively monitoring populations to identify the new strain as it arises,” he added.

Earlier this week, Mast also called for swift testing on swine influenza, recommending its own Seeplex range of multiplex PCR assay testing equipment for detecting the pathogens associated with it.ADNFCR-1050-ID-19151262-ADNFCR

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