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WOBURN, Mass.--Genetic Research Instrumentation has obtained exclusive rights to distribute Genetic MicroSystems' DNA microarray instrumentation in the UK and Ireland. The relationship is intended to provide Genetic MicroSystems with a strong distribution partner for early access to important markets, as well as with financing to support its continued product development activities. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Genetic Research Instrumentation, a UK supplier of molecular biology research products, plans to promote the microarray instrumentation through its division for gene screening, which promotes products relating to high-throughput screening, gene sequencing, gene mapping, and gene expression.

Genetic MicroSystems is developing a new generation of products for genomics research and drug discovery, the first of which are systems for producing and scanning microscope slides containing thousands of DNA samples represented as individual elements in identifiable locations. These microarrays are used to perform multiple biochemical experiments rapidly, in a highly parallel manner, to reduce time and cost.

Claire Fraser Will Serve As New TIGR President ROCKVILLE, Md.--The Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR) here announced the appointment of Claire Fraser as its new president. Fraser replaced her husband, TIGR founder Craig Venter, who is now president of Celera Genomics, a company he cofounded with Perkin-Elmer. Venter will retain the position of chairman of the board, as well as assume the new position of chief scientific officer, at TIGR.

Fraser joined TIGR in 1992 as vice-president for research and was initially involved in studies to find differences in gene expression in human tumors and matched normal tissues, and in using a genomics-based approach to understanding the molecular basis for tumor development.

More recently, she has been involved in whole-genome sequence analysis of microbial genomes, leading the teams that sequenced Mycoplasma genitalium, the smallest genome of any known free-living organism, and the two spirochetes, Treponema pallidum, the cause of syphilis in humans, and Borrelia burgdorferi., the organism responsible for Lyme Disease.

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