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Qiagen's CEO discussed the company's focus on specific growth drivers, while Invitae's CEO talked about pandemic-related challenges in its genetic testing business.

The company said that in Q4 it placed 70 net new ePlex analyzers and finished the year with a global installed base of 792 analyzers.

The company said that at a time of unparalleled growth, it is building three new manufacturing lines and expanding resources for future assay development.

GenMark said it placed 70 net ePlex analyzers in Q3 and ended the quarter with a global installed base of more than 720 ePlex analyzers.

The company said that the FDA has granted it Emergency Use Authorization for a respiratory panel that includes SARS-CoV-2, flu, and other pathogens.

Overall, GenMark's ePlex Respiratory Pathogen Panel 2 provides results for more than 20 viruses and bacteria, including SARS-CoV-2, flu A and B, RSV, and rhinovirus.

Healthcare providers need multiplexed tests that can differentiate the flu from the coronavirus so they can treat patients quickly and appropriately.

The index underperformed the Dow Jones, the Nasdaq, and the Nasdaq Biotechnology Index, which all rose in August.

While the market ditched shares of many other diagnostics firms, analysts said the reaction was overblown, particularly in the case of Quidel and molecular diagnostics players.

GenMark has two SARS-CoV-2 tests that have received FDA Emergency Use Authorization, including a respiratory panel that tests for 21 pathogens.

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Reuters reports that Germany is seeking to sequence 5 percent of patient samples that test positive for SARS-CoV-2.

23andMe and Medscape say primary care physicians are increasingly more comfortable with discussing direct-to-consumer genetic testing results.

The publisher of the Science family of journals will allow some authors to place peer-reviewed versions of their papers into publicly accessible repositories.

In Science this week: analysis of genome-wide association studies of chronic kidney disease, and more.