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Austin-based medical technology company Babson Diagnostics has received emergency use authorization from the Food & Drug Administration for its COVID-19 antibody test, the company announced Thursday.


Babson is one of five clinical labs to have received an EUA for an antibody test.

Such tests can help detect whether a person has been exposed to COVID-19 and developed antibodies in response.

The Babson test is currently the subject of clinical studies, including at Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin.

Other companies—including local health care providers such as Total Men's Primary Care, Remedy and Victory Medical—have offered antibody testing for months, but FDA approval has been rare.

Researchers are still studying COVID-19 and have yet to answer questions about how long immunity to the virus may last. But the tests are also useful for identifying potential convalescent plasma donors, whose antibodies may help treat COVID-19 patients.

Babson plans to use its current antibody test as a building block, refining it as its researchers learn more about COVID-19 and its pathology.

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Friday, 5:55 a.m.: Man ripped earring out of woman's ear. 2302 Durwood St.

Friday, 10:31 a.m.: Report of attempted vehicular assault. A 911 caller reported a woman attempting to hit a man with her vehicle. 300 Ferguson Dr.

Friday, 1 p.m.: Two rescued from vehicle collision. 23926 TX-71

Friday: Travis County senior Deputy Robert "Drew" Small died after his motorcycle collided with another vehicle. Milam County

Saturday, 10:52 a.m.: Man and woman fight outside Target. 8601 Research Blvd.

Saturday, 3:06 p.m.: Person gets stuck in elevator at Hyatt Place Austin Report. 3601 Presidential Blvd.

Sunday, 7:09 a.m.: Two men armed with tasers and knives at church. Redd St & Manchaca Rd.

Sunday, 7:56 a.m.: Vehicle crashed into the fence of Austin Veterinary Surgical Center. The driver left the scene on foot. One dog, a long-haired Dachshund named Sadie, escaped. 12419 Metric Blvd.

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Dr. Steven Dobberfuhl, an internal medicine physician, said telemedicine saved his practice—and has been a boon to his patients, around 75% of whom are 65 years or older and at high risk of contracting COVID-19.

"I didn't believe it would work as well as it has," he said.

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