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.
The strong demand Illumina has seen for its family of exome arrays apparently took the company by surprise, an Illumina executive said last week.

In a research note, analyst Quintin Lai noted the recent FDA approval of the protein biomarker-based test developer's Galectin-3 test, as well as partnerships forged with several IVD instrument manufacturers that could speed adoption of the test.

According to CEO Amit Kumar, talks with "potential suitors" for strategic deals that may include the sale of the company or its businesses are "progressing" and the firm is ready to evaluate offers from interested parties.

Consulting company McKinsey says diagnostics companies will have to combine genomic data analysis, electronic medical records, effective reimbursement strategies, and regulatory compliance in order to win.

A new report has found that researchers in Africa are still heavily dependent on funding from organizations in the US, Europe, and China, Nature News says.

An article in The Atlantic argues that the progress being made in science isn't keeping pace with the money and time being spent on research.

In Science this week: a CRISPR screen identifies sideroflexin 1 as a requisite component of one-carbon metabolism, and more.