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The credit facility, available through Sept. 17, 2024, replaces a prior credit facility dated Aug. 11, 2016 for $1 billion.

The senior unsecured term loan facility was used, in part, to refinance a three-year loan agreement between BD, Citibank, and other lenders reached last year.

The investment bank said that it thinks 2018 will be a good year for clinical sequencing and that overall demand for high-throughput sequencing remains high. 

Wells Fargo downgraded Cepheid from Outperform to Market Perform, citing the firm's "credibility and visibility" following a revised 2017 outlook.

In a report issued today, analysts said the company failed to provide "meaningfully improved visibility on broader reimbursement and revenue progression."

The investment bank noted stabilization in Myriad's BRCA1/2 testing franchise, the firm's new management, and its new products. 

The upgrade follows four consecutive quarters of above-industry-average revenue growth, driven by the biopharma end market, and the addition of a new CEO.

A new report offers ways for small, society publishers to transition to Plan S standards, ScienceInsider says.

A gas explosion sparked a fire at a Russian laboratory that stores dangerous pathogens, the Guardian reports.

Researchers turn to protein analysis to examine an ancient rhino sample, Smithsonian.com reports.

In PNAS this week: C2CD4A gene involved in insulin secretion, chromosome rearrangements in recurring S. aureus infections, and more.