Agilent Technologies of Palo Alto, Calif., received US Patent No. 6,768,820, “Method and system for extracting data from surface array deposited features.” The patent covers a method for evaluating an orientation of a molecular array having features arranged in a pattern. An image of the molecular array is obtained by scanning the molecular array to determine data signals emanating from discrete positions on a surface of the molecular array. An actual result of a function on pixels of the image, in which pixels lie in a second pattern, is calculated.

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The president of France's National Research Agency has resigned, according to Nature News.

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