• By Deb Balzer

12-2-21 Media Only News Briefing: Testing for the COVID-19 omicron variant

December 2, 2021
Mayo Clinic Laboratories COVID-19 testing

On Thursday, December 2, Matthew Binnicker, Ph.D., Vice-Chair of Practice, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at Mayo Clinic addressed testing for the COVID-19 omicron variant which was recently identified in the U.S., and most recently found in Minnesota as of today.

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