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NEW YORK – Quest Diagnostics said Wednesday that it has received Emergency Use Authorization from the US Food and Drug Administration for a technique that speeds the extraction of viral RNA from patient samples.

The Secaucus, New Jersey-based company said it believes the technique, which it plans to run at six of its facilities, will let it expand its molecular SARS-CoV-2 testing capacity. Quest can currently run 135,000 molecular SARS-CoV-2 tests per day and expects the new method to boost that figure by 35,000 tests per day.

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