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BD Says Biosciences Revenue Jumps 9 Percent in Fiscal Q3 as R&D Spend Soars

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Becton Dickinson today said fiscal third-quarter revenue increased 7 percent as R&D costs soared 42 percent and income grew 9 percent.
 
Receipts for the three months ended June 30 increased to $1.5 billion from $1.4 billion year over year.
 
The BD Biosciences segment reported the strongest growth, as revenues increased 9 percent to $219 million. Sales of flow cytometry instruments, reagents, and cell imaging products contributed to the rise.
 
R&D costs surged 42 percent $276 million from $195 million from the comparable quarter a year ago.
 
Net income for the third quarter increased to $206 million from $190 million during the comparable period last year.

The Scan

Pig Organ Transplants Considered

The Wall Street Journal reports that the US Food and Drug Administration may soon allow clinical trials that involve transplanting pig organs into humans.

'Poo-Bank' Proposal

Harvard Medical School researchers suggest people should bank stool samples when they are young to transplant when they later develop age-related diseases.

Spurred to Develop Again

New Scientist reports that researchers may have uncovered why about 60 percent of in vitro fertilization embryos stop developing.

Science Papers Examine Breast Milk Cell Populations, Cerebral Cortex Cellular Diversity, Micronesia Population History

In Science this week: unique cell populations found within breast milk, 100 transcriptionally distinct cell populations uncovered in the cerebral cortex, and more.