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.
New instrument releases at this week's meeting reflected proteomics' increased emphasis on throughput and the continuing spread of ion mobility technology.
The Life Sciences business grew 10 percent year over year, while the Diagnostics business inched up 1 percent.
Danaher is offering 11 million shares of its common stock at $123 per share and 1.5 million shares of its mandatory convertible preferred stock at $1,000 per share.
Danaher has commenced its concurrent offerings of $1.35 billion of shares of its common stock and $1.35 billion of shares of its mandatory convertible preferred stock.
Danaher is financing the deal with $3 billion from an equity offering, cash on hand, and proceeds from an issuance of debt and/or new credit facilities.
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 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.
Mainichi reports that 43 percent of Japanese individuals said they did not want to eat agricultural products that had been modified using gene-editing tools.
Two US Department of Agriculture research departments are moving to the Kansas City area, according to the Washington Post.
Slate's Jane Hu compares some at-home genetic tests to astrology.
In PLOS this week: analysis of polygenic risk scores for skin cancer, chronic pain GWAS, and more.