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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.

In PLOS this week: Mycobacterium abscessus linked to gastric conditions, placental gene expression changes associated with preterm birth, and more.

The Guardian reports that UK universities are looking into ways to reduce labs' reliance on single-use plastics.

People with certain gene variants tend to not like vegetables, particularly bitter ones, CNN reports.

MIT's Technology Review reports on a company's genetic test that gauges an embryo's susceptibility to certain diseases.