Last week, several of the BioCommerce Week index companies reported their earnings for the quarter ended Dec. 31, 2004.

Highlights of selected companies’ financial reports follow.

Waters Sees 40-Percent
Growth in Mass Spec

Driven by a 40-percent growth in sales of its mass-spectrometry technology, Waters last week reported fourth-quarter sales of $324 million, up 18 percent over $275 million in sales for the same quarter last year.

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Cancer researcher Alan Rabson has died at 92, the New York Times reports.

As the National Guideline Clearinghouse goes dark, the ECRI Institute says it will pick up the slack.

In Genome Research this week: sequencing method examines proteins parasite uses to evade immune system, L1 insertions in cancer, and more.

The Atlantic reports on private Facebook support groups for people who receive unexpected parentage results from direct-to-consumer genetic tests.