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Smaller multiplex molecular panels of five or fewer targets will be covered, while a determination of gastrointestinal panel coverage is expected soon.

The company beat the consensus Wall Street estimate on the top line but missed it on the bottom line. It placed 39 net new ePlex analyzer during the quarter.

The Fusion module is an in-lab upgrade to Hologic's Panther instrument, which enables labs to extend the testing capabilities of their existing Panther. 

In 2018, the company expects to place between 140 and 170 new ePlex analyzers, and an annuity per ePlex in the $100,000 to $120,000 range.

The company's Diagnostics business was up 14 percent, while its Life Sciences business grew 13 percent. The firm also closed its $2 billion buy of IDT last week.

Using an immunoassay as an initial screening tool saved approximately $36,000 over multiplex PCR panel use alone when performed in a period of high flu prevalence.

Research teams and commercial firms are increasingly using genome editing to address farm animal health and welfare, from viral resistance to physical traits.

The team hopes to commercialize the technology by producing cost-effective tests to rapidly diagnose common upper respiratory viral pathogens.

The Finnish firm provided updates on its isothermal amplification-based molecular diagnostics technology as well as its broader diagnostics business.

The firm said that its Panther Fusion system expands molecular testing capabilities, and increases productivity and flexibility for labs.

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Consulting company McKinsey says diagnostics companies will have to combine genomic data analysis, electronic medical records, effective reimbursement strategies, and regulatory compliance in order to win.

A new report has found that researchers in Africa are still heavily dependent on funding from organizations in the US, Europe, and China, Nature News says.

An article in The Atlantic argues that the progress being made in science isn't keeping pace with the money and time being spent on research.

In Science this week: a CRISPR screen identifies sideroflexin 1 as a requisite component of one-carbon metabolism, and more.