Published in Law and Health Weekly, January 12th, 2004
According to published research from England, "a prototype line probe assay (LiPA) for identifying hepatitis B virus (HBV) precore variants (INNO-LiPA HBV precore) was evaluated using a panel of 50 sera from 46 patients with HBV infection. The assay detected sequence variations detected commonly in the precore promoter region and in amino acid codons 28 and 29 of the precore gene. There was strong agreement between INNO-LiPA HBV precore results and those of a codon 28 point mutation assay (PMA), with identical results obtained in 40 of 43 sera (93%) typeable by both Assays (kappa coefficient...
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