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As part of the pilot project SCoPE (SARS-CoV-2 PCR examination), the feasibility of screening for SARS-CoV-2 using PCR analysis is being tested at two Hamburg day care centers. Instead of the usual nasopharyngeal swab for sample collection, children suck on a swab for 30 seconds for each sample.

The pilot project SCoPE is a cooperation of the accredited diagnostic laboratory Labor Dr. Fenner & Kollegen and altona Diagnostics GmbH – two Hamburg-based companies with many years of experience in the field of infectious diagnostics.


Summary in german: Radio-Visite „Lolli-PCR-Tests in Kitas – ein Pilotprojekt in Hamburg“  



The 31st European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases will take place online from 9 –12 July 2021.






altona Diagnostics has launched the AltoStar® HIV RT-PCR Kit 1.5, an in vitro diagnostic test based on real-time RT-PCR technology. The kit detects and quantifies the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) specific RNA (groups M, N and O) in human EDTA plasma.



altona Diagnostics annually grants two scholarships. In 2021 the traineeship starts in August. Are you interested? The application is open till May 31, 2021.