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Cynthia French, Genetix

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Cynthia French has been chosen to head Affymetrix's new Clinical Laboratories division, French told BioArray News last week.

French joined Affy in January and previously served as vice president and chief scientific officer at Specialty Laboratories. Prior to joining Specialty Labs in 2003, she was a senior scientist at Quest Diagnostics. She has also led research & development programs at BioRad, Diogenics, and Reprogen in the past.

French holds a PhD in molecular biology and biochemistry from the University of California, Irvine. She also holds an MBA from the University of California, Irvine, and has completed additional post-graduate work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University.

 

New Product Watch

Genetix last week added a humidified enclosure for the plate stacker of its QArray2 microarrayer, the company said.

The addition to the QArray2 instrumentation enables users to control the level of humidity in the plate stacker independently of the robot bed. Genetix claims that optimum humidity levels achieved can improve consistency between spotted samples.

The Scan

Could Mix It Up

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Offer to Come Back

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that the University of Tennessee is offering Anming Hu, a professor who was acquitted of charges that he hid ties to China, his position back.

PNAS Papers on Myeloid Differentiation MicroRNAs, Urinary Exosomes, Maize Domestication

In PNAS this week: role of microRNAs in myeloid differentiation, exosomes in urine, and more.