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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Investment bank Piper Jaffray on Thursday initiated coverage of Veracyte with an overweight rating on the firm's stock and a $21 price target.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Stocks for firms in the omics and molecular diagnostics market provided a mixed bag for the month of May as the GenomeWeb Daily News Index saw a gain of 2 percent month over month.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – While 2013 was a very good year in general for the stock market, biotech stocks, including those of omics tools and molecular diagnostics firms, provided a particularly strong return for investors.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Shares of NanoString jumped 46 percent in December to lead a nearly 4 percent gain for the GenomeWeb Daily News Index for the month.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Shares of CombiMatrix were up 20 percent in Thursday afternoon trade after the firm put out a statement pointing to a new recommendation from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists that chromosomal microarray analysis should be the first-line genetic t

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Sequenom, Myriad Genetics, and Affymetrix saw their respective stocks gain more than 20 percent in value during November to lead the GenomeWeb Daily News Index.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Shares of Pacific Biosciences climbed 12 percent in Friday afternoon trade after regulatory documents filed Thursday showed that Mike Hunkapiller, the firm's chairman, president, and CEO, had purchased 200,000 shares of the firm's stock on the open market.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Shares of Fluidigm rose nearly 44 percent during October, pacing the gainers in the GenomeWeb Daily News Index for the month, while Sequenom saw the biggest month-over-month drop at 28 percent.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Shares of omics tools and molecular diagnostics firms bounced back in September, lifted by the broader market, after a sluggish August.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Shares of Foundation Medicine soared in their debut on the Nasdaq Global Select Market this morning.

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Mainichi reports that 43 percent of Japanese individuals said they did not want to eat agricultural products that had been modified using gene-editing tools.

Two US Department of Agriculture research departments are moving to the Kansas City area, according to the Washington Post.

Slate's Jane Hu compares some at-home genetic tests to astrology.

In PLOS this week: analysis of polygenic risk scores for skin cancer, chronic pain GWAS, and more.