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Gregory Critchfield, Mark Ostrowski, Dennis Farrar

PGx Reporter's most-read stories in 2010 delved into the complex scientific challenges, business strategies, and legislative issues impacting the field of pharmacogenomics.

The Australian firm has acquired, among other assets, the BrevaGen breast cancer risk test, which it expects to launch in the second half of this year.

A review of the privately held pharmacogenomics company's activities from when it opened its doors in 2000 to just before it shuttered in late 2009 suggests that despite partnerships with academia and big pharma, opportunistic R&D investments in key markets, and at least one recently launched commercial diagnostic product, the company was unable to remain solvent. R&D disappointments, losses related to a government contract, and the economic crisis may have directly forced the company to close.

The demise of Perlegen Sciences and Decision Biomarkers adds two more names to a growing list of array-related firms and businesses that have gone belly up or have been shuttered in the past few years.

The firm shuttered its operations at the end of October.

The genetic testing company plans to use the lab to offer a breast cancer risk test beginning in the fall.

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Mark Schmeizl, David Sneider, David Cox, Joshua LaBaer

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Elias Zerhouni has joined the Gates Foundation, Aushon Biosystems has named a new VP of North American Sales, Joshua LaBaer heads West to Arizona State University, and more.

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An Australian-led team has generated a draft genome assembly of the invasive cane toad in hopes it will help in population control, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

The New York Times reports that the US Department of Defense has implemented about half the recommendations made to improve safe handling of dangerous agents.

In PLOS this week: approach for teasing out archaic introgression in human genomes, immune transcription features in HCV infection, and more.

Stat News reports that Maryland is promoting itself to the biotech industry with a mobile billboard.