NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – NeoGenomics aspires to become "America's premier cancer testing laboratory."

While searching for a company that could move NeoGenomics closer to achieving this goal, GE Healthcare Life Sciences' unit Clarient rose to the top of the list, CEO Douglas VanOort told investors and analysts during a call last week. After a year of negotiations with GE Healthcare, the Fort Myers, Florida-headquartered cancer reference lab last week announced it was buying Clarient in a cash and stock deal worth approximately $275 million.

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Researchers test gene therapy targeting a different cancer protein in a new trial, the New York Times reports.

Pennsylvania State University researchers found that salivary microRNAs could predict which kids would have longer concussion symptoms, according to NPR.

The Associated Press reports Alex Azar, the new Department of Health and Human Services secretary nominee, made millions of dollars as a pharmaceutical executive.

In PNAS this week: immune profiling of breast cancer, transposable element patterns in rice, and more.