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Grifols Presents a Study of the Stability of Hepatitis C Virus RNA to SoGAT

BARCELONA, Spain, July 2000--The R&D area of the Instituto Grifols, has presented the results of a study of the stability of the hepatitis C virus (HCV) at the recent meeting of the Standardisation of Genome Amplification Techniques working party (SoGat).

Leading academics, health authorities and representatives of the pharmaceutical industry take part in the periodic meetings of SoGat - a World Health Organisation working party. One of the most important conclusions, which will also be of great interest to those laboratories involved in the study and standardisation for controlling this virus, is that the HCV RNA is very stable at freezing temperatures (< =20 ºC). The Molecular Biology section of the R&D area began this study as a result of the application of genome amplification techniques to the plasma control processes used as a safety measure by Grifols in the manufacture of its plasma derivatives.

Posted: January 2004