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Across the River

Roche's new translational research center will be housed in Manhattan, reports Pharmalot. In June, the company announced that it was closing its Nutley, NJ, site and was laying off 1,000 workers while also planning to open a smaller translational clinical research center. "When Roche announced that they were moving their remaining East Coast R&D out of Nutley (NJ), I (and others) thought that the Boston area was surely the front-running location," writes Derek Lowe at In the Pipeline. "But we were wrong: They're moving to Manhattan."

Roche has signed an 11-year lease for space in the Alexandria Center for Life Science on the east side of Manhattan, between Bellevue Hospital and New York University Medical Center, The New York Times adds. The Times adds that 200 workers will move there by the end of 2013.

The Scan

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With data for more than 1,900 individuals affected by a range of genetic conditions, researchers compared facial phenotype-based diagnoses informed by 2D or 3D images in the European Journal of Human Genetics.

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