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Abbott's Genetic Test for Acute Myeloid Leukemia Prognosis Cleared by FDA
Date:10/24/2011

ased on these categories, physicians are able to establish an effective disease management approach.

Technical Information on the EGR1 FISH Assay

The Vysis EGR1 FISH Probe Kit is intended to detect deletion of LSI EGR1 probe target on chromosome 5q in bone marrow specimens and may be used, in addition to cytogenetics, other biomarkers, morphology and other clinical information, at the time of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) diagnosis as an aid in determining prognosis. Deletion of chromosome 5q has been associated with an unfavorable prognosis in AML patients.

About FISH

FISH (fluorescence in-situ hybridization) technology has a variety of uses.  It can identify whether too many, or too few, copies of a particular gene are present in the body's cells or whether certain genes have rearrangements that play an active role in disease progression. Cancer diagnostics is one of the fastest growing applications.

The Vysis EGR1 FISH Probe Kit is the latest addition to Abbott Molecular's growing list of FISH-based in vitro diagnostic products available in the U.S. In August, the agency cleared Abbott's Vysis CLL FISH Probe Kit and approved the Abbott Vysis ALK Break Apart FISH Probe Kit.  Abbott also offers FISH-based tests for breast and bladder cancer.

About Abbott Molecular

Abbott Molecular, abbottmolecular.com, is a leader in molecular diagnostics — the analysis of DNA and RNA at the molecular level. Abbott Molecular's tests can also detect subtle but key changes in patients' genes and chromosomes and have the potential for earlier detection or diagnosis, provide information relevant to the selection of appropriate therapies, and may improve monitoring of disease progression.

About Abbott

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