NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Silicon Valley Biosystems has changed its name to Lifecode, the Foster City, Calif.-based company said today.

The new name "is consistent with the company's mission of improving the lives of patients by providing concise, accurate, and actionable molecular information," according to a statement from the firm.

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