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The company said it had borrowed $455 million under the new credit agreement, of which $435 million was used to pay the outstanding amounts from a previous agreement.

The firm's revenues were up 14 percent for the quarter but missed Wall Street's estimates due in part to softness in government and academic research and orders delayed in anticipation of the launch of its new Synapt G2-S mass spec.

Despite the increase in revenues, company officials cited soft government and academic sales, pharma demand that tailed off as the quarter came to a close, and higher than expected SG&A expenses.

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Provided via the EU's Seventh Framework program, the grant will fund proteomics research to be performed by the PRIME-XS consortium, a group of proteomics research teams from 12 European institutes.

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TOF mass spec took center stage this week at ASMS with vendors including Waters, Agilent, and Bruker releasing new TOF machines and Thermo Fisher Scientific launching its Q Exactive instrument aimed at the Q-TOF market.

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Researchers trace DNA on a clay pipe found at a former slave site to a population that lives in what is now Sierra Leone, the Washington Post reports.

Two researchers report on their genetic analysis of samples from a shawl thought to belong to a victim of Jack the Ripper, ScienceInsider reports.

Japan is to release rules governing some gene-edited food, according to NHK World.

In PLOS this week: computational strategy for improving gene set analysis testing, miRNAs linked to sleep apnea, and more.