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JP Morgan Healthcare Conference

Meridian CEO Jack Kenny said the firm needs to develop a new MDx platform, while Genapsys resurfaced with an update on its portable sequencing platform.

Among the updates provided at the conference on Wednesday, Luminex discussed development and plans for the Verigene II system, and GenMark touted its ePlex test portfolio.

CEO Brad Gray told investors at the JP Morgan Healthcare Conference that he believes the firm's GeoMx has advantages over competitors in the new market.

The company plans to focus on increasing its NIPT reimbursement as well as on pharmaceutical deals for its oncology test and launching a kidney transplantation test.

The company is also looking to expand the use of its FDA-approved ClonoSeq assay, which has US FDA approval for MRD detection in acute lymphocytic leukemia and multiple myeloma.

A busy second day of the JP Morgan conference saw Thermo Fisher's Marc Casper discuss the firm's R&D focus and Exact Sciences' Kevin Conroy discuss plans for Cologuard sales growth.

At JP Morgan, Qiagen CEO Peer Schatz discussed a new digital PCR system and handheld reader for TB testing; Qiagen's acquisition of N-of-One; and its new sample prep system.

The firm's fourth quarter preliminary revenues increased by 11 percent to $865 million year over year, while full-year revenues jumped by 21 percent to $3.3 billion.

Among the firms presenting, 10x noted that it doubled its revenue growth in 2018, and Myriad discussed the impact that new tests are having on its growth.

CEO Kim Popovits discussed three strategic imperatives for the coming year: increasing penetration in established markets, broadening global access, and continuing to diversify its portfolio.

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Researchers representing scientists and students of Chinese descent voice their concerns about recent US policies and rhetoric.

Wired reports that researchers have shown they could reprogram a DNA-based computer.

Researchers say increased diversity in genomic studies will benefit all, PBS NewsHour reports.

In Science this week: whole-genome sequencing of single sperm cells, and more.