By Michael Dabaie

 

Becton Dickinson & Co. said a peer-reviewed study shows its antigen test may be more selective than polymerase chain reaction molecular tests at detecting people who are contagious and able to spread Covid-19.

The study compared antigen and PCR test results to positive results using a viral cell culture test.

The study suggests the BD antigen test is likely to be more selective at detecting patients who are shedding infectious SARS-CoV-2 virus.

The new clinical data was published Jan. 22, 2021 in Clinical Infectious Diseases, an official journal of the Infectious Diseases Society of America.

 

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(END) Dow Jones Newswires

January 25, 2021 08:25 ET (13:25 GMT)

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