RW Baird | GenomeWeb

RW Baird

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – RW Baird today downgraded Complete Genomics to Neutral from Outperform on Illumina's introduction of its rapid Individual Genome Sequencing service with a turnaround time of as little as two weeks.

This article has been updated to include comments from Affymetrix.
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