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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An effort by Genomics Medicine Ireland is creating a database of diseases based on the genomics of people in Ireland. It now is looking into the possibility of including Scotland in its work.

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