Contrary to the fanfare surrounding its launch by Silicon Valley celeb Jim Clark four years ago, DNA Sciences hasn’t had what you would call an auspicious start. Consider its crisis-ridden last 20 months: In February 2001 COO Gregory Went resigned; five months later the company withdrew its IPO; next, the board ousted CEO Hugh Reinhoff; and most recently CSO Ray White departed for the Ernest Gallo Clinic, though he’ll remain on DNA Sciences’ board. The company has shrunk its staff from a high of 175 down to a tidy 60.

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