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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. 

Announced during the company's recent analyst day, the instrument could mark a major step in mass spectrometry's ongoing move into clinical applications.

This week's news includes Alere, Fulget Diagnostics, Trovagene, Great Basic Scientific, Interleukin, and Danaher.

The company beat Wall Street analysts' expectations for sales and earnings per share during the quarter.

A report from Leerink predicted Thermo Fisher Scientific could launch such a system within the next year, potentially opening up the clinical mass spec market.

Overall growth was driven by the company's diagnostics segment, which rose 11 percent, while life sciences improved 6 percent

The bank rated companies like Thermo Fisher Scientific and Agilent at Buy, Illumina and PerkinElmer at Hold, and Myriad Genetics and Luminex at Sell.

Mergers and acquisitions in the omics space rose for the second year in a row, but the increase was significantly less than the 33 percent uptick in 2015 deals.

The company anticipates adjusted earnings per share of $3.85 to $3.95 for the full year.

The investment bank said Danaher's recent acquisitions of Cepheid and Phenomenex increase its potential for revenue growth.

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