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Japan devises first homegrown PCR tests for Indian COVID strain

New reagent kits from Shimadzu to hit market as soon as next month

The wife of a man suffering from breathing problems pleads for oxygen support in Ghaziabad, India, on May 3. A potentially more virulent coronavirus variant has been found in India, where new COVID-19 cases are rising sharply.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Shimadzu, the Japanese company known for measuring instruments, has developed what is thought to be Japan's first domestically made PCR testing reagents for the potentially more virulent COVID-19 variant detected in India, with plans for a release as early as June.

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