NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Thermo Fisher Scientific this week declared a quarterly cash dividend of $.15 per share, payable on Oct. 16 to shareholders of record as of Sept. 15.

Helix announced this week that its DNA sequencing laboratory has been accredited by the College of American Pathologists. Helix received CLIA accreditation in 2015. The company operates a next-generation sequencing laboratory in San Diego where it offers a proprietary sequencing assay called Exome+.

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Under a proposed spending bill, the US National Institutes of Health would see an additional $3 billion in funding.

Researchers from the University of Oxford and the University of Sydney sequenced numerous platypus genomes to study their population history.

Robert Redfield, the new pick to lead the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has faced criticism for some of his work.

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