Bioscience

TGen helps test for swine flu in Arizona

April 30, 2009

By Flinn Foundation

Source: TGen] – The Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) is assisting state and federal authorities in a coordinated effort to prevent a swine flu pandemic.

Using state-of-the-art genetic testing systems for identifying the potentially deadly swine influenza virus, scientists at TGen’s Pathogen Genomics Division (TGen North) in Flagstaff today began running tests on three of the first four suspected cases in Arizona.

A fourth sample from Arizona was tested and found to be positive for swine flu – the state’s only confirmed case – earlier today at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

TGen’s work in producing disease-detecting genotyping tools has potential national and global significance in tracking potential drug-resistant mutations of swine flu, said David Engelthaler, Director of Programs and Operations for TGen North.

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