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The ratings agency has affirmed BBB ratings for Thermo Fisher's long term issuer default rating, senior notes, and bank revolving credit facility.

The ratings firm noted Thermo Fisher's efforts to bring down its debt and said that the company could resume bolt-on acquisitions next year. 

The story has been updated with information about the pricing of the notes released by Agilent after the close of the market.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Standard & Poor's on Thursday raised Life Technologies' corporate credit rating and the issue-level rating on the firm's secured and unsecured debt to BBB+.

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Fitch Ratings late on Tuesday affirmed several ratings of BBB+ for Agilent Technologies.

Morningstar said that the rating reflects its negative view of the genetic analysis instrument business and potential competitive pressure for Illumina.

The rating agency raised its outlook on Agilent to 'positive' from 'stable' due to "greater confidence in Agilent's operating and financial profile."

S&P cited Bio-Rad's "solid operating performance and cash flow generation" in announcing the upgrade.

The Hill reports President Donald Trump issued an executive directing federal agencies to cut the number of board and advisory committees they have.

The New York Times reports that researchers are combining tools to more quickly develop crops to feed a growing population and cope with shifting climates.

Scientists in Canada are looking to the UK's plan to sequence children with rare conditions for inspiration, the National Post reports.

In PNAS this week: copy number changes arose during polar bear evolution, genomic and transcriptomic analysis of the Siberian hamster, and more.