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Cincinnati, Ohio-based Meridian will acquire Quebec City-based GenePOC for $120 million, and hopes to quickly convert customers to a PCR-based instrument.

The companies will commercialize Predigraft, a data analysis tool that provides early predictions of risk for allograft rejection and transplant loss.

The company will use the proceeds for working capital and to repay around $12.4 million of its term loan.

The firm said that its nucleic acid amplification test provides viral load measurements of HIV type 1 groups M/N and O, and HIV-2 within 70 minutes

Within diagnostics, molecular revenues were up 11 percent year over year to $167.8 million. The firm received two new CE marks for early infant diagnosis and testing dried blood spots.

The government payor asked the public to specifically weigh in on the evidence supporting germline testing to assess treatment benefit for patients with hereditary cancer syndromes.

The firm is using a microarray-based platform as part of a laboratory-based test to diagnose different types of stroke from blood samples.

The firm recently submitted an application to the US Food and Drug Administration to expand Cologuard's label to the 45 to 49 age group.

The company plans to present early data this year from its collaboration with Johnson & Johnson to develop a nasal swab-based lung cancer genomic classifier.

The firm said that its point-of-care test delivers laboratory-quality results in about 30 minutes and could be used in the home and other settings.

The test for P. vivax-associated malaria was developed with support from FIND and will be distributed by Human Diagnostics Worldwide.

It placed 39 net new ePlex analyzers, expanding the global installed base to 393 placements and growing its installed base by 72 percent compared to the prior-year period.

The firm reported that test volumes for its Cologuard colorectal cancer screening test also rose 79 percent year over year.

The company increased its 2019 revenue forecast and shrunk its net loss significantly in its push to become cash flow breakeven by the end of the year.

The developer of assays to detect drug-resistant strains of HIV has now branched into Lassa detection, and will potentially be seeking instrument partners.

With 10,000 of Mayo's patients now sequenced for 77 genes, a subset of this information is being used to inform care while the bulk of the data is spurring research projects.

The in vitro diagnostic is designed to detect whole gene segments for influenza A and B viruses and can characterize viruses as seasonal or nonseasonal.

The firm will acquire GenePOC for $50 million with potential for milestone payments of an addition $70 million by Meridian's fiscal 2023.

Luminex has since fixed the problem with a software update but a similar issue with non-specific amplification has also affected two targets on BioFire's GI panel. 

The firm reported double-digit organic growth in North America, Europe, and China, driven in part by sales from its antibody portfolio and Simple Western instruments.

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23andMe and Airbnb have partnered to offer "heritage travel," according to Venture Beat.

China may include regulations protecting genes and embryos in its update of its civil code, Nature News reports.

In Nature this week: exome sequence analysis of individuals with type 2 diabetes, genomic prediction of maize yield across environments, and more.

NPR reports on efforts to engineer bacteriophages to destroy antibiotic-resistance bacteria.