Leerink Partners

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 gave Exact Sciences' shares a price target of $30, and said it expects higher uptake of the Cologuard test and an increase in payor contracts. 

The investment bank also cited challenges for Illumina in penetrating the clinical diagnostics markets and driving physician adoption of its tests.

The investment bank noted increased traction for Invitae's test, a "massive" market opportunity, and potential clinical and payor adoption of the firm's technology. 

The investment bank said the quick approval by the FDA for T2 Bio's platform and Candida test could signal high interest for the product in the medical community. 

The downgrade follows Roche's proposed bid to acquire a majority stake in the company.

Researchers have sequenced the northern white rhinoceros to gauge whether it could be brought back from the edge of extinction, the New York Times reports.

Bavaria expands its forensic genetic analyses to include DNA phenotyping, raising discrimination concerns.

Tufts University researchers found a role for miRNA in transmitting stress between generations, the Economist reports.

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