About a year and a half after its spinout from Affymetrix, Perlegen Sciences signaled an increased push to market its technology by hiring Paul Cusenza as its vice president of alliance management.

Cusenza, 42, who spent the last few years as an independent consultant and worked with Affy two years ago on the decision to spin out the genome-scanning division, says his mandate is to build strong relationships with pharmaceutical companies and other potential partners.

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In an against-all-odds twist, a researcher studying exceeding rare FOXG1 mutations discovers her daughter has the syndrome.

An effort by Genomics Medicine Ireland is creating a database of diseases based on the genomics of people in Ireland. It now is looking into the possibility of including Scotland in its work.

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