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The firm beat the consensus Wall Street estimates on the top and bottom lines as the diagnostics segment saw revenues grow 20 percent year over year. 

The automated real-time PCR test provides results in as little as 18 minutes.

The Ultra's combination of a lower limit of detection and ability to find dead bacilli after starting TB therapy vastly improves sensitivity compared to other tests, the study’s authors said.

The study is the first to demonstrate the design features and operational characteristics of Cepheid's Xpert MTB/RIF Ultra assay.

The clinic, a partnership of the Florida Department of Health in Broward County and the AIDS Healthcare Foundation hopes to improve STD treatment and control.

The company has shut down the Veris molecular diagnostics product line, which Beckman Coulter spent years developing, as a result of its acquisition of Cepheid.

The researchers found that Cepheid's Xpert HCV viral load assay used at the point of care performed at levels comparable to a laboratory test.

The firm will encounter stiff competition, particularly from BioMérieux and Luminex, but there are untapped opportunities for adoption, according to industry analysts.

The deal covers SpeeDx's PlexPCR and ResistancePlus multiplex real-time PCR diagnostic products in certain European nations.

The investment bank took note of Danaher's soft organic growth rate in the first quarter, and said it will need to build up its life science portfolio. 

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Bloomberg reports that the DNA-for-cash deal reported in Kentucky might be a more widespread scam.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital scientists have treated infants with X-linked severe combined immunodeficiency using gene therapy in an early phase study.

St. Louis Public Radio reports that some African Americans are turning to DNA ancestry testing to help guide genealogical searches.

In Nature this week: a genomic analysis of the snailfish Pseudoliparis swirei, ancient DNA analysis gives insight into the introduction of farming to England, and more.