Despite posting a double-digit drop in first-quarter revenues, Affymetrix executives said last week that they are "optimistic" about the firm's future, pointing to growth in demand for genotyping arrays.

Affy reported last week that revenues for the three months ended March 31 dropped 12 percent to $65.2 million from $73.7 million a year ago. Much of the falloff was attributable to a "precipitous" decline in expression array sales, which plummeted 20 percent year over year as researchers continue to transition to next-generation sequencing.

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A new study finds that a placental protein linked with preeclampsia can be targeted by RNA silencing, according to the New Scientist.

A settlement is expected in a Duke University lawsuit hinging on using falsified data to win grants, Retraction Watch and Science report.

In PNAS this week: approach for analyzing the expression of endogenous retroviruses, circular RNAs that influence host-virus interactions, and more.

A phylogenetic analysis finds that the rare hemimastigotes form their own supra-kingdom, CBC reports.