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NEW YORK — The US Food and Drug Administration on Friday granted Emergency Use Authorization for a PCR-based SARS-CoV-2 test developed at George Washington University.

The GWU COVID-19 RT-PCR test is designed to detect the SARS-CoV-2 N gene in upper respiratory specimens and bronchoalveolar lavage. Nucleic extraction is performed using Thermo Fisher Scientific's MagMax-96 Viral RNA Isolation Kit on Hamilton's Microlab STAR Liquid Handling System, and the test runs on the Roche LightCycler 480 instrument.

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