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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Investment bank Piper Jaffray today downgraded Hologic amid anecdotal evidence suggesting Roche may be poised to take market share away from Hologic's sexually transmitted disease testing business.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Quest Diagnostics and Hologic today announced an alliance aimed at improving women's health.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Investment bank Cowen & Co. today initiated coverage of molecular diagnostics companies GenMark Diagnostics and Nanosphere with Outperform ratings.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Alere said today that it has been awarded a grant of up to $21.6 million and debt financing of up to $20.6 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to further develop a pair of point-of-care molecular testing platforms.

University of Pennsylvania engineer Changchun Liu is planning to use a mentored career development grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to develop a non-instrumented, isothermal, microfluidic sample-to-answer assay to detect HIV virus.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Spanish firms Biotools and 2B BlackBio today announced a licensing deal that allows Silanes Laboratories to develop and commercialize diagnostic kits based on their technologies.

Siemens is asking a federal court to grant it rights to a patent covering nucleic acid amplification technology instead of Enzo.

Seegene said that the technology, called real amplicon detection PCR, combines the advantages of multiplex and nested real-time PCR, accelerates test processing by 400 percent, and increases specificity and sensitivity of pathogen detection 10- to 100-fold over current technologies.

Patents awarded to GeneNews, US Army, Aisin Seiki, MTM Laboratories, and USC.

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In a letter, about two dozen researchers criticize the World Health Organization investigation into the origins of SARS-CoV-2 and call for a new inquiry, the Wall Street Journal reports.

National Geographic reports that nine great apes at the San Diego Zoo have been vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2.

Janet Woodcock, the acting commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration, speaks with NPR about SARS-CoV-2 testing and vaccines in the US.

In Science this week: genetic study of kidney fibrosis implicates the SOX9-NAV3-YAP1 axis.