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The investment bank said that while Twist's biopharma and DNA-based data storage businesses offer upside, the timelines for generating revenues are unclear.

The rating increase follows Oncocyte's Chinese distribution deal for its DetermaRx lung cancer treatment stratification test with Burning Rock Biotech.

Instrument revenues for the Menlo Park, California-based sequencing firm fell due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but consumables sales grew 16 percent.

The synbio company offers scale and lower costs in "massive" end markets, SVB Leerink analysts said, and could soon command an even more attractive valuation.

The investment bank also raised its price target for the company to $15, based on PacBio's strategic plan to commercialize its long-read Sequel II system.

Along with the downgrade, the investment bank also lowered its December 2021 price target for Illumina from $390 to $280.

The investment banking firm forecast Fiscal Year 2021 revenues of $235.6 million, higher than the consensus Wall Street estimate of $178.4 million.

BTIG put a $20 target price on Genetron's shares, while Canaccord Genuity is targeting $19 per share for the Chinese genomics and cancer diagnostics firm.

The investment bank said that Exact's Cologuard test continues to gain market share, and that its alternatives are largely invasive and inferior.

The GenomeWeb Index fell 2 percent, outperforming the Nasdaq Biotechnology Index but doing worse than the Dow Jones and the Nasdaq.

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The National Health Service is to offer Novartis's Zolgensma for spinal muscular atrophy later this year, according to the Guardian.

Nature News reports the US National Institutes of Health is investing in studies of the long-term effects of COVID-19.

Taiwan is to launch a pilot program offering genetic testing to cancer patients, the Taipei Times reports.

In PLOS this week: loci linked to protection against tuberculosis, identification of loci associated with increased risk of squamous cell carcinoma of the aerodigestive tract, and more.