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Clinicians are using Roche's Cobas Omni Utility Channel to run lab-developed PCR tests alongside in vitro diagnostic kits, freeing valuable resources for labs.

The newly independent firm will continue to invest in diagnostics by bringing its menu of PCR tests for infectious diseases to the US and other markets, among other objectives.

The company unveiled forthcoming products for high-throughput molecular testing, diagnostic lab informatics, and microbiology automation.

Sensitivity problems with rapid antigen tests are also helping the more accurate rapid molecular tests gain wider acceptance, manufacturers said.

Angle aims to show that clinicians can determine HER-2 status by subjecting harvested circulating tumor cells to fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH).  

Abbott's CFO said he expects mid-single-digit growth from diagnostics in Q1 2018 and mid-to-high single digit growth for the full year. 

The portable device runs an isothermal amplification assay to detect genetic material from strains of tuberculosis in resource limited areas.  

The investment bank noted that Hologic could be the "biggest beneficiary from tax reform" in its coverage with a potential 8 percent benefit to earnings per share.

There were fewer mergers and acquisitions in the omics space in 2017, breaking a two-year streak of growth — however, the deals themselves stayed fairly large.

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The Associated Press reports that the US government wasted $341,000 on travel by former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.

Women who post YouTube science videos get more critical comments and more comments about their appearance than male video hosts, the New York Times reports.

The Wall Street Journal writes that participating in genetic research brings up the specter of past research ethics lapses for some African Americans.

In PLOS this week: sequences influencing yeast prion aggregation or degradation, dengue virus genetic variants affect transmission dynamics, and more.