By Ben Butkus

Gen-Probe this week reported record revenues of $158.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2011, driven primarily by sales of clinical diagnostics and blood screening products.

The positive performance was primarily fueled by domestic and international growth of its Aptima Combo 2 assay for chlamydia and gonorrhea; and by increased shipments of assays and Tigris instruments to blood-screening partner Novartis, the company said.

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A former Synthetic Genomics attorney alleges that the firm discriminated against her and other female employees, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Due to privacy and lab certification questions, the planned giveaway of Orig3n testing kits at a Baltimore Ravens game was suspended.

Alnylam reports positive results from its phase 3 clinical trial of an RNAi-based drug, according to Stat News.

In Cell this week: adult mesenchymal cell populations in mouse lung, genetic diversity in HPV16 and cancer risk protection, and more.