Life Technologies this week reported a 3 percent decrease in organic revenue for its Molecular Biology Systems division in the first quarter of 2011 amid flat overall organic revenue growth for the company.

Life Tech said that the slowdown in Molecular Biology Systems receipts was due primarily to "difficult" year-over year comparisons for its PCR and molecular biology reagents businesses, although this was partially offset by "strong demand" for the company's TaqMan assay products.

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

A senator wants a "right-to-try" provision in the US Food and Drug Administration funding bill, but an ethicist says at Stat News that it would undermine the role of clinical trials.

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