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How does a laboratory confirm H1N1 and how much does it cost?

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment laboratory has instrumentation that uses RNA-based (ribonucleic acid) assays that look for the protein structure of H1N1 on the influenza virus, according to Maggie Thompson, director of communications. She said it’s difficult to put a price tag on the testing. There are substantial costs associated in terms of the reagents, equipment and highly specialized personnel needed to perform the tests.

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