NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Cepheid this week received CE marking for its Xpert CT/NG and Xpert CT tests, and the firm said it would begin shipping the tests in Europe immediately. The tests are for rapid detection and differentiation of Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhea and run on Cepheid's GeneXpert System.


The Board of Directors of Becton Dickinson has declared a quarterly dividend of $.45 per share. The dividend is payable on June 29 to shareholders of record on June 8.

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Jay Shendure and his colleagues have developed a new method to more comprehensively identify human cell types, the NY Times reports.

Researchers in the UK and Japan have shown that infertility in mice with three sex chromosomes can be overcome, according to the Guardian.

China is embracing preimplantation genetic diagnosis, Nature News reports. 

In PLOS this week: host genetic factors associated with cervical neoplasia progression, population patterns for an ancient flowering rainforest plant, and more.