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MetriGenix Changes Name to Xceed Molecular

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — Gene expression-analysis company MetriGenix has changed its name to Xceed Molecular.
CEO Michael Cohen said the new name “makes a simple, forthright statement” that reflects the company’s aspirations.
The Toronto-based company, founded in 2003, makes an automated microarray workstation and is developing services to accompany it. The company acquired GeneXP Biosciences two years ago.

The Scan

Finding Freshwater DNA

A new research project plans to use eDNA sampling to analyze freshwater rivers across the world, the Guardian reports.

Rise in Payments

Kaiser Health News investigates the rise of payments made by medical device companies to surgeons that could be in violation of anti-kickback laws.

Nature Papers Present Ginkgo Biloba Genome Assembly, Collection of Polygenic Indexes, More

In Nature this week: a nearly complete Ginkgo biloba genome assembly, polygenic indexes for dozens of phenotypes, and more.

CDC Calls Delta "Variant of Concern"

CNN reports the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now considers the Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2 to be a "variant of concern."