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Reuters reports federal investigators are looking into PerkinElmer's role in an alleged Medicare fraud, though the firm says it is unaware of any investigation.

The company's Diagnostics segment was down 2 percent year over year, while its Discovery & Analytical Solutions segment grew 2 percent.

Seegene said Monday that the Health Canada approval will enable hospitals and licensed labs there to run the assay immediately for high-volume testing.

The assay, which is also CE-IVD-marked, detects SARS-CoV-2 ORF1a and N genes and has a limit of detection of 20 copies per mL using a 400 µL sample.

The firm said it saw "significant deterioration" in February due to "ongoing and protracted" disruptions resulting from the novel coronavirus and an extended Lunar New Year holiday.

Public Health England will use the company's Victor EnLite instrument and EnLite Neonatal TREC kit at three of six sites to evaluate screening newborns for "Bubble Boy" disease.

CEO Prahlad Singh said the firm is developing a PCR- and antibody-based assay for the novel coronavirus 2019-nCoV and is working with the Chinese NMPA.

Although Illumina's failure to acquire Pacific Biosciences stood out in 2019, the upward trend in M&A activity in the omics space in 2018 continued last year.

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In Science this week: machine learning algorithm for faster Mendelian disorder diagnoses, gene linked to safe response to nitrogen-containing bisphosphonates, and more.