NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Investment bank Leerink lowered its rating on Illumina's stock to Market Perform from Outperform, citing uncertainty about the growth potential of the company's next-generation sequencing products in the research market and a "less compelling" risk-reward profile on the company's stock at current levels, Leerink analyst Dan Leonard wrote in a note.

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