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The slew of PGx abstracts presented by the drug giant at the annual oncology meeting highlighted its “focused approach to cancer drug development through the identification and validation of molecular targets,” Pfizer said.

Thomas Weisel Partners called Thermo Fisher's planned $260 million acquisition of Fermentas a "synergistic tuck-in deal" that "bolsters Thermo's capabilities in the high-growth PCR market."

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Qiagen's PyroMark assays; Lucigen's PyroScript RT-PCR master mix; Biohit's mLINE PCR starter kit

Longhorn wins FDA EUA for H1N1 flu test; UC-Davis offering RT-PCR respiratory viral panel test.

The San Antonio-based firm also intends to file a 510(k) for clearance of the assay.

Japanese and Australian researchers report that they have identified genetic changes in the turnip mosaic virus as it moved from its main host to a previously unsusceptible plant.

The acquisition may also provide Thermo Fisher with a foothold in the rapidly growing PCR-based molecular diagnostics market, according to a company official.

Cepheid also recently inked sole-source agreements with two separate entities to conduct surveillance of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus using its GeneXpert platform, company officials said last week.

ViraCor granted FDA EMA for H1N1 flu test; University of Kentucky offering H3N8 equine flu diagnostic.

The PCR-based test for detecting and differentiating influenza types has received the green light for marketing in Europe.

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Following its departure from the European Union, the UK is to implement a fast-track visa program aimed at attracting scientific talent to Britain, according to BBC News.

ScienceInsider reports that researchers in Brazil are concerned that a creationist was chosen to run the agency that oversees graduate study programs there.

The Washington Post reports that researchers are quickly analyzing the coronavirus that has been causing illness and sharing their findings.

In PLOS this week: common variant associated with BMI in Arctic populations, analysis of microRNA markers associated with being born small for gestational age, and more.