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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Piper Jaffray today downgraded shares of Sequenom to Neutral, saying that its fight to stay ahead of competitors in the non-invasive fetal chromosome abnormalities testing space may result in greater costs to the company, while its ability to get reimbursement remains

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – RW Baird today downgraded Complete Genomics to Neutral from Outperform on Illumina's introduction of its rapid Individual Genome Sequencing service with a turnaround time of as little as two weeks.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Citing pricing pressures in the whole-genome sequencing space and Complete Genomics' rising operating expenses, investment bank William Blair today downgraded the Mountain View, Calif.-based firm's stock to Market Perform.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Mizuho Securities today downgraded Life Technologies and Thermo Fisher Scientific on concerns about an uncertain academic spending environment.

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter
NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Investment bank Mizuho today lowered estimates on Qiagen, citing concerns about competition, higher cost assumptions, and an unsettled European market.

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The Guardian reports that UK universities are looking into ways to reduce labs' reliance on single-use plastics.

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MIT's Technology Review reports on a company's genetic test that gauges an embryo's susceptibility to certain diseases.