women's health

The firm's 14 percent growth in molecular diagnostics sales was driven primarily by continued strength across its Aptima women's health products globally.

The company said it will use the proceeds to accelerate development of its gastrointestinal platform, including diagnostics and therapeutics for the GI tract.

The company also announced that it has received New York State Department of Health conditional approval for three women's health molecular diagnostic tests.

Revenues from the company's clinical labs segment grew 8 percent this quarter, and revenues from the life sciences business grew 6 percent.

The two companies said they will integrate their technologies to create a sample management and interpretation and reporting system.

The firm sees the new panel as an important step forward in its strategy to further penetrate the molecular diagnostics market with its qPCR products.

LabCorp plans to acquire all of Sequenom's outstanding stock for $2.40 per share.

Cepheid said this week that it has launched Xpert HPV, a one-hour molecular test for cervical cancer-related human papillomaviruses, in Europe after receiving CE IVD marking.

Hologic last week scored a major win for its molecular diagnostics business as it announced it was entering into a strategic alliance with Quest Diagnostics to more broadly offer testing based on Hologic's Aptima family of products — a portfolio that Hologic garnered last year as

Hologic said this week that fiscal first-quarter clinical diagnostics revenues from Gen-Probe, acquired last summer, were up 9 percent over the comparable period last year, but that blood screening revenues contributed by Gen-Probe declined slightly year over year.

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A new study in JAMA finds that genetic tests might not be able to determine what diet is right for someone seeking to lose weight.

A genome-wide association study that linked common genetic variants to salivary gland carcinoma risk has been retracted, according to Retraction Watch.

Vampire bats' ability to live off blood is etched in their genomes and gut microbiomes, the Scientist reports.

In Genome Biology this week: peopling of the Sahara, epigenetic reprogramming analysis of liverwort, and more.