Shares in Waters rose 12.36 percent for the tracking period ended Tuesday to lead all gainers in the BCW Index. The firm posted fourth-quarter revenue growth of 3 percent this week, but its profits rose 9 percent, beating market estimates.

GE and Harvard Bioscience were the two firms in the Index to drop more than 5 percent for the week, with GE falling 5.67 percent and Harvard Bio declining 5.34 percent. Last week, GE reported that its fourth-quarter profits fell 46 percent, due to losses associated with the sale of its insurance business.

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Robert Redfield is floated as the next director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Washington Post reports.

The New York Times writes that the National Institutes of Health's All of Us Research Program is "ambitious" and that some are concerned it might be overly so.

Representative Lamar Smith's criticism of the National Science Foundation has "changed the nature of the conversation," according to ScienceInsider.

In PLOS this week: non-coding RNA function in yeast, transcriptomic profiles of malaria parasites, and more.