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The investment bank said it is encouraged by the company's strong pipeline and position among its competitors but sees further upside for its stock.

Several of the top molecular diagnostic firms presented at the JP Morgan Healthcare Conference on Monday discussing product portfolios, FDA clearances, and plans for 2018.

Companies in the life science tools and molecular diagnostics spaces provided updates on their businesses at the 36th annual JP Morgan Healthcare Conference this week in San Francisco.

Cowen and Leerink rated Quanterix at Outperform while JP Morgan initiated coverage with an Overweight rating — the banks managed the company's $74 million IPO.

The investment bank previously had a Neutral rating for the company, and it lowered the price target on Genomic Health's stock to $25 from $28. 

The company immediately borrowed $255 million to pay part of the $680 million price tag for Alere's MeterPro cardiovascular and toxicology business and its BNP assay business.

The gene editing firm has sold all 5.9 million shares offered to the public as well as 885,000 shares in the fully exercised over-allotment option to the underwriters.

Westin St. Francis Hotel, San Francisco, site of the JP Morgan Healthcare Conference

Executives from Luminex, Exact Sciences, T2 Biosystems, and Singulex provided updates on their companies' businesses on the final day of the conference.

The chemistry will be single-molecule, based on hybridization, and will not require amplification, enzymes, or library prep, the firm said.

Executives from Thermo Fisher Scientific, Qiagen, Danaher, Counsyl, Human Longevity, and Adaptive Biotechnologies provided business updates to conference goers.

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Reuters reports that UK researchers are using gene-editing tools to develop flu-resistant chickens.

Nature calls for genomics to become part of the World Health Organization's cholera surveillance approach.

Vox explores a proposal to institute a lottery system to award grant funds.

In Genome Biology this week: gut microbiome study of individuals from Tanzania and Botswana, sixth version of the Network of Cancer Genes database, and more.