Pacific Biosciences Shares Popped: What You Need to Know

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What: Shares of Pacific Biosciences (Nasdaq: PACB  ) jumped 10% in early trading today.

So what: Scientists from Harvard and Pacific Biosciences have decoded a genome of the cholera pathogen in Haiti. The data suggest people brought this outbreak to Haiti from South Asia.

Now what: What is impressive about this is it took only two days for Pacific Biosciences to map the genome. This speed will allow scientists to quickly act in preventing future cholera outbreaks and shows the company's ability to get results quickly. The market has settled down after a spike early in the day, and I would like to see some financial impact before thinking Pacific Biosciences would go higher beyond this news.

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