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In Brief This Week: Life Technologies; Qiagen; Leica Biosystems; Becton Dickinson; PerkinElmer; MOgene, Intuitive Genomics

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Life Technologies this week said that it will provide a complete workflow to researchers aiming to identify 20,000 human remains found in mass graves in Libya. Life Tech will provide a variety of forensic DNA technologies and samples will be processed by its Dubai-based distributor Integrated Gulf Biosystems. The project is being funded in part by a $2.5 million grant from Spanish oil firm Repsol.

Investment bank RW Baird raised its stock price target on Qiagen to $26 from $20 after the firm posted fourth-quarter revenues above estimates and provided 2013 guidance above Wall Street's expectations.

Leica Biosystems announced this week that it has opened an R&D facility in the Boston area of Massachusetts, which will focus on development of companion diagnostics.

The board of directors of Becton Dickinson this week declared a quarterly dividend of $.495 per common share. The dividend is payable on March 29 to holders of record on March 8.

PerkinElmer's board of directors has declared a quarterly dividend of $.07 per share. The dividend is payable on May 10 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on April 19.

MOgene announced a partnership with Intuitive Genomics this week to further expand its bioinformatics capabilities. The St. Louis-based genomics services provider didn't disclose any details of the expansion.

In Brief This Week is a Friday column containing news items that our readers may have missed during the week.

The Scan

And Back

The New York Times reports that missing SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences are back in a different database.

Lacks Family Hires Attorney

A lawyer for the family of Henrietta Lacks plans to seek compensation from pharmaceutical companies that have used her cancer cells in product development, the Baltimore Sun reports.

For the Unknown

The Associated Press reports that family members are calling on the US military to use new DNA analysis techniques to identify unknown sailors and Marines who were on the USS Arizona.

PLOS Papers on Congenital Heart Disease, COVID-19 Infection Host MicroRNAs, Multiple Malformation Mutations

In PLOS this week: new genes linked to congenital heart disease, microRNAs with altered expression in COVID-19, and more.