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The investment bank gave Danaher a Neutral rating and a $148 price target on the firm's shares, while it gave Agilent an Overweight rating with an $83 price target.

The Hologic Aptima Combo 2 and the Cepheid Xpert CT/NG assays have now been cleared for use in throat and rectum samples.

The Life Sciences business grew 10 percent year over year, while the Diagnostics business inched up 1 percent.

An early user of a new Mycoplasma genitalium and antibiotic resistance test from SpeeDx that uses the Xpert cartridge shared some initial validation data.

The firm's Life Sciences segment grew 10 percent year over year during the quarter while its Diagnostics segment was up 4 percent.

Researchers showed that the test had equivalent results to a lab-based assay and has the potential for a faster turnaround time. 

The test measures hepatitis B viral DNA and is intended to be used to assess prognosis and response to antiviral therapies.

The company expects EPS to be between $4.02 and $4.12. On a non-GAAP basis, EPS is expected to be in the range of $4.75 and $4.85.

Within diagnostics, Beckman Coulter saw core revenue growth in the low-single digits, while Cepheid was up in the double digits for the quarter.

The court ruled that Roche's claims are patent-ineligible because they are "directed to a natural phenomenon and lack any inventive concept" for a patent.

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US National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins says he will avoid male-only speaker panels.

Technology Review reports that eGenesis is testing whether organs from genetically modified pigs can be transplanted into monkeys.

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