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The personalized medicine company hopes to use the new array to inform new consumer and clinical tests, while also making it available to others for research.

The Genetron Health S5 NGS system is based on the Thermo Fisher Scientific Ion GeneStudio S5 and will be accompanied by Genetron-developed assays.

The firm said it has received several "conditional, non-binding indications of interest" from potential merger or acquisition partners.

News items for the week of Nov. 11.

JP Morgan noted that it sees potential for new management to "reset the bar" and as such thinks the "worst is in the rearview for Qiagen."

The research-use-only system, which has a list price of $299,000, fits with Thermo Fisher's vision of a future of disseminated implementation of NGS.

MGI Tech will market Pillar Biosciences' Onco/Reveal NGS panels alongside its high-throughput, automated library prep systems outside the US.

The partners will integrate Genialis' gene expression analysis software with Thermo Fisher's Invitrogen Collibri Stranded RNA Library Prep kits.

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In his look back at the past decade, BuzzFeed News' Peter Aldhous writes that direct-to-consumer genetic testing has led to "Facebook for genes."

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