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HIV/AIDS Research Network Recommends Use of Abbott RealTime Viral Load Test for NIH-Sponsored Clinical Trials
Date:5/7/2009

es real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) to amplify, detect and measure minute levels of virus in blood samples as well as extremely high levels of these infectious agents. Real-time PCR enables the production of large quantities of DNA from very small samples in a short period of time, making it possible to detect extremely low levels of a virus's genetic material. The Abbott m2000 system automates the important steps of the process, from sample preparation to data analysis, allowing laboratories to process molecular tests efficiently, accurately and confidently.

In addition to having a best-in-class assay for HIV-1, Abbott's m2000 system is faster than competitive systems, delivering 96 test results in less than six hours for HIV-1 as compared to up to two days for other systems.

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