The headline for this roundup has been updated from a previous version, which incorrrectly stated that 454 hired two Affy alumni.
NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — GATC Biotech has promoted Marcus Benz to be chief operating officer. GATC said Benz started at the company in 2000 as head of quality management and worked in GATC's sequencing segment. He also was head of production management for GATC. Before that Benz was a consultant in the life science industry.


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The US National Science Foundation's new sexual harassment policy is to go into effect next month, according to Nature News.

Researchers report using genotyping to tie together illegal ivory shipments and trace them back to a handful of cartels, the New York Times reports.

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