NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Cepheid said after the close of the market on Monday that it plans to offer $250 million aggregate principal amount of convertible senior notes due 2021.

The notes will be offered and sold to qualified institutional buyers. The Sunnyvale, Calif.-based firm added that it intends to grant the notes' initial purchasers the option to purchase up to $37.5 million amount of notes to cover any overallotments.

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Technology Review reports that researchers in the US have used CRISPR to modify a number of human embryos.

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