Gene-modified TB diagnosing drug gets market approval in China - (China Daily via NewsPoints Desk)

  • A gene-modified diagnosing drug for testing Mycobacterium tuberculosis infections (MTI) has attained China's new drug certificate and production license, reported China Daily.

  • Anhui Zhifei Longcom Biopharmaceutical said the new product can avoid false positives for MTI when a person has received a Bacillus Calmette–Guérin (BCG) vaccine.

  • Pu Jiang, general manager of the company, explained that researchers use gene recombination technology to fuse and express ESAT6-CFP10 protein with the product, which can detect the pathogen by a skin test and distinguish it from BCG vaccinations.

  • He said countries with high incidences of tuberculosis such as the Philippines, Indonesia and Brazil have contacted the company, hoping to introduce the product to their markets.

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