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Sequenom faces class action lawsuits on behalf of shareholders after the firm announced that it will delay the launch of a test for Down syndrome on discovering that employees had mishandled R&D test data and results. Sequenom CEO Harry Stylli said four employees had been suspended and that the company put a new team in place to oversee studies of its prenatal diagnostics.

John Rossi, co-founder of Dicerna Pharmaceuticals, won the 2008 Cozzarelli Prize from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences' Editorial Board for work using microRNAs for gene silencing.

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In Genome Biology this week: comparative genomics study of Aspergillus, genetic variation in indigenous African cattle, and more.

Some people who harbor genetic variants associated with disease show no signs and may give insight into the continuum of symptoms, Spectrum reports.

Some 57 snow monkeys at a Japanese zoo were found to be rhesus macaque hybrids, which are banned in Japan.

British researchers say they've been removed from EU grant applications, according to the Guardian.