NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Almac Diagnostics said this week that it has launched a next-generation sequencing service to its portfolio, which also includes microarray, qPCR, and immunohistochemical offerings. Northern Ireland-based Almac said that the new NGS service will initially use the Illumina MiSeq platform.


Leica Biosystems has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Aperio, expanding its digital pathology business. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

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