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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Waters today said that fourth-quarter revenues were essentially flat year over year as the firm missed analyst estimates on the top line but beat it on the bottom line.

Executives from several major mass spec vendors presented this week at the JP Morgan Healthcare Conference in San Francisco, offering comments on their company's recent performances and glimpses into their plans moving into 2013.

SAN FRANCISCO (GenomeWeb News) – The 31st Annual JP Morgan Healthcare Conference kicked off here yesterday with several life science tools and diagnostic firms making presentations to investors and other attendees.

Researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have launched a company, Newomics, to commercialize their lab's multinozzle emitter array, or MEA, chip technology.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Leerink Swann downgraded Waters today to Market Perform, saying the company could be challenged by the macroeconomic environment and softer end-markets, as well as increasing competition for its products and services.

Rutgers University said this week that Stephen Burley will be director of the Rutgers Center for Integrative Proteomics Research. He will assume the role in January, taking over for interim director Helen Berman.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Roche said this week that it will invest CHF 240 million ($258.4 million) in a new diagnostics center at its Penzberg, Germany biotech center near Munich.

Austrian pharma firm Apeiron Biologics this week launched Attoquant Diagnostics, a subsidiary founded to commercialize and develop the company's RAS-Fingerprint peptide analytics service.

Waters introduced its Acquity UPLC Online SPE Manager, which combines online solid phase extraction technology from Spark Holland BV with the company's Acquity UPLC.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Waters is offering its Acquity UPLC System with online solid phase extraction technology from Spark Holland under a deal announced today between the firms.

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US National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins says he will avoid male-only speaker panels.

Two patients fell ill, and one subsequently died, following a fecal microbiome transplant that harbored multi-drug-resistant bacteria, according to the New York Times.

Technology Review reports that eGenesis is testing whether organs from genetically modified pigs can be transplanted into monkeys.

In Science this week: almond reference genome, and more.