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The investment bank began coverage with an Outperform rating, noting that Horizon's recent acquisition of Dharmacon is highly complementary and synergistic.

The partners will explore the feasibility of combining medical imaging data with genomic and clinical data to inform disease diagnosis.

A public-private research team spearheaded by GE Global Research and the University of Washington is six months into a $9.6 million, 18-month grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to develop an integrated, handheld molecular diagnostic platform for use at the p

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The US Department of Defense has granted investigators at the University of Washington and their partners $9.6 million to support the development of a paper-based molecular diagnostic testing system that could be used in remote regions and in homes around the world by

The Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research has been awarded US Patent No. 8,362,227, "Detection of Clostridium difficile."
Franklin Cockerill, Thomas Smith, Jon Rosenblatt, and Lynne Sloan are named as inventors.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Shares of Life Technologies jumped 17 percent in Friday morning pre-market trading on reports that the firm may be seeking to sell itself.

BG Medicine said this week that revenues for the second quarter increased 181 percent year over year, rising to $622,000 from $221,000 a year ago and beating the average Wall Street estimate of $520,000.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla. will use a $100,000 grant from General Electric's Healthymagination Challenge to search for genetic variants that could be involved in the metastasis of breast cancer, Moffitt said on Friday.

DxNA of St. George, Utah, has been awarded US Patent No. 7,993,910, "Methods and apparatus for amplification of DNA using sonic energy."
William Bickmore and Danvern Ray Roberts are named as inventors on the patent.

Industry observers have noted that the move from the outspoken Billy Tauzin, also known as the "Swamp Fox," to an insider business lobbyist-type like Castellani represents a shift in PhRMA's advocacy style. Where that leaves PhRMA's support for personalized medicine, a pet cause of Tauzin's, is hard to determine in the post-healthcare-reform climate in Washington.

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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.