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Understanding Viral Load Assays for Cytomegalovirus and Epstein-Barr Virus


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Ideal Standards

Slide 18

March 2010

Ideally, there would be an international standard material consisting of a known amount of virus, which would then serve as a reference material as laboratories and manufacturers design their assays. In this way, the results from all laboratories would be traceable to the same gold standard. International standards for HIV, hepatitis C, and hepatitis B are already available.

Although there are groups working on standards for CMV & EBV, no international standards exist currently, and therefore all assays are only relative to themselves.

Ideal Standards


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