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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Beckman Coulter today said that it would pay for the $800 million acquisition of Olympus' diagnostics business through a combination of around $300 million in Beckman Coulter stock and $500 million in newly issued debt.

The firm finished the year with roughly $120 million in cash and cash equivalents and around $900 million in long-term debt. However, Beckman said today that it does not anticipate a change in its current investment grade ratings.

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Matt Hancock, the UK health secretary, is calling for the swift rollout of predictive genetic tests, the Guardian reports.

A WHO panel is calling for a global registry of human germline gene-editing projects, according to Stat News.

Vox writes that lab mishaps involving pathogens are quite common.

In Genome Biology this week: analysis of wild and cultivated peach genomes, Hi-C-based pipeline for assembling microbial genomes from metagenomic data, and more.

Mar
28
Sponsored by
Qiagen

The Human Gene Mutation Database (HGMD) is a manually curated, comprehensive collection of disease-causing, germline mutations. Since 1996, a team of experts has manually catalogued over a quarter of a million mutations for the database.  

Apr
11
Sponsored by
Bionano Genomics

This webinar will review a recent study that applied whole-genome sequencing and optical genome mapping to identify a large number of previously undetected somatic structural variants in leukemia samples.