NEW YORK (GenomeWeb Daily News) — Speaking at Piper Jaffray's annual healthcare conference today, members of Qiagen's management team provided investors with a recap of recent business activities and a glimpse of what's to come.

Qiagen CFO Roland Sackers told investors that the firm saw "very nice underlying growth" from its molecular diagnostics and applied testing businesses in 2013, with "stabilization" in its pharmaceutical/life sciences research products business.

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

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