NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Sales of Affymetrix's CytoScan offering for chromosomal microarray analysis helped lift the vendor's first quarter revenues by 7 percent, the company said last week. During an earnings call with investors, Affymetrix executives provided an update on the firm's flagship product as well as opportunities in agricultural biotechnology, biobank screening, and oncology research.

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 Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), who chairs the Senate health committee, will be retiring at the end of his term, Stat News reports.

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