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Bruker Shares Rebound, Stratagene Shares Fall Again

Shares of Bruker Biosciences gained 13.4 percent for the trading week ended Tuesday, reversing a 7-percent decline the week before. The firm led the seven companies in the BCW Index that gained ground for the tracking period. Stratagene led decliners in the Index with a drop of 9.3 percent. Its shares reached a 52-week low of $5.51 on Tuesday before closing at $5.67.

Overall, the Index gained .1 percent for the week. In comparison, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell .5 percent, the Nasdaq dropped .3 percent, and the Nasdaq Biotech Index declined .7 percent.

BioCommerce Week Index of Diversified
Molecular Biology Tool Companies
Company
Ticker
Current Price
(June 27, 2006)
Last
Price
(June 20, 2006)
% change
Agilent
A
30.44
32.18
-5.4
Applied Biosystems
ABI
32.15
30.50
5.4
Beckman
BEC
53.43
53.44
0.0
Bio-Rad
BIO
64.35
64.80
-0.7
Bruker
BRKR
5.24
4.62
13.4
Fisher Scientific
FSH
69.27
70.29
-1.5
GE
GE
32.88
33.70
-2.4
Harvard Bio
HBIO
4.31
4.09
5.4
Invitrogen
IVGN
64.89
64.19
1.1
Molecular Devices
MDCC
29.45
28.42
3.6
PerkinElmer
PKI
20.35
20.40
-0.2
Qiagen
QGEN
12.89
13.20
-2.3
Sigma
SIAL
70.70
70.03
1.0
Stratagene
STGN
5.67
6.25
-9.3
Thermo
TMO
34.03
34.82
-2.3
Waters
WAT
43.19
41.66
3.7
BCW Index Average
35.83
35.79
0.1
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.