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In Brief This Week: Quest Diagnostics; Rubicon Genomics; Agena Bioscience; and More

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Quest Diagnostics this week announced that its board of directors approved a quarterly cash dividend of $.40 per share, payable on Oct. 19 to shareholders of record on Oct. 4.

Rubicon Genomics this week reported that its product sales rose 43 percent in the first half of 2016 from H1 2015. The company also announced the start of an early-access program for its new ThruPlex Tag-seq kits, which enable detection of low-frequency alleles with greater confidence. The program is available to both academic and commercial researchers.

Agena Bioscience announced this week that its Assays by Agena facility in Brisbane, Australia has received ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation in the field of biological testing for determinations of SNP genotyping, somatic mutation detection, and quantitative methylation analysis using its MassArray System. The accreditation comes from the National Association of Testing Authorities. The facility will offer a multiplexed solution for detecting rare variants in liquid biopsies as low as 0.1 percent frequency, the company said.

Life sciences instruments and reagents firm Eppendorf said that its sales for the first half of 2016 were €305.5 million ($345.9 million) compared to €289.6 million for the first half of 2015.

In Brief This Week is a selection of news items that may be of interest to our readers but had not previously appeared on the GenomeWeb site.

The Scan

Pig Organ Transplants Considered

The Wall Street Journal reports that the US Food and Drug Administration may soon allow clinical trials that involve transplanting pig organs into humans.

'Poo-Bank' Proposal

Harvard Medical School researchers suggest people should bank stool samples when they are young to transplant when they later develop age-related diseases.

Spurred to Develop Again

New Scientist reports that researchers may have uncovered why about 60 percent of in vitro fertilization embryos stop developing.

Science Papers Examine Breast Milk Cell Populations, Cerebral Cortex Cellular Diversity, Micronesia Population History

In Science this week: unique cell populations found within breast milk, 100 transcriptionally distinct cell populations uncovered in the cerebral cortex, and more.