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International interlaboratory study: Influenza


The Nucleic Acid Working Group (NAWG) of the CCQM organised an international interlaboratory study called "fire drill". The aim of this pilot study is to prepare national metrology institutes for the next pandemic. This builds capacity for rapid development of standardised reference methods. The model chosen for this study is an influenza virus. The aim is to develop a reference method for measuring the RNA copy number concentration of specific genetic sequences of an influenza genome. PTB has developed a measurement method based on digital PCR to measure influenza RNA copy number concentration with high accuracy and reliability. The pilot study is currently ongoing.


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