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In Brief This Week: Abbott; Bio-Rad Laboratories; Prometheus Laboratories; GeneGo, Sigma-Aldrich; Fluidigm

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Abbott received CE Marking in the European Union for its RealTime mS9 Colorectal cancer test, a non-invasive DNA assay that detects the methylated form of Septin 9. The assay, which runs on Abbott's m2000 PCR-based molecular diagnostic system, can be used by physicians to determine if a patient should be referred for colonoscopy. The test is not available for sale in the US, the firm noted.

Bio-Rad Laboratories this week completed its acquisition of Germany-based Biotest for €45 million ($64.5 million). The acquisition will expand bio-Rad's presence in the immunohematology testing field.

Prometheus Laboratories, which develops pharmaceuticals and personalized diagnostic products, said this week that it has executed a $260 million senior secured credit facility, consisting of a $210 million term loan and a $50 million revolving credit line.

GeneGo has included access to Sigma-Aldrich life science and chemistry products in its MetaCore 6.0, MetaDrug, and Eureka products. GeneGo said that customers could now retrieve comprehensive information on drugs and compounds and make one-click purchases from one centralized location.

The US Department of Agriculture has purchased and is using Fluidigm's microfluidic-based EP1 System to help develop and validate focused 96- and 384-SNP panels for testing dairy and beef cattle, the firm said this week.

The Scan

Cell Atlas of Human Lung Development Gives View of Developing Airway

Researchers have generated a cell atlas of human lung development, which they report in Cell.

Study Finds Costs of Genome Sequencing May Limit Utility in Routine Care

Researchers report in the European Journal of Human Genetics that genome sequencing for rare disease diagnoses currently has similar benefits as less expensive exome analysis.

Study Suggests Nursing Mother's Diet Can Impact Offspring's Gut Microbiome

A new Cell Host and Microbe paper finds that mice whose mothers were fed a low-fiber diet during nursing experience lasting microbiota dysbiosis and increased obesity.

Study Links Genetic Risk for ADHD With Alzheimer's Disease

A higher polygenic risk score for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder is also linked to cognitive decline and Alzheimer's disease, a new study in Molecular Psychiatry finds.