Qiagen said this week that Detlev Riesner, a Qiagen co-founder, retired earlier this month as chairman of the company's supervisory board after having served as a member of the board since 1996 and as chairman since 2003.

Werner Brandt has been selected to become the new chairman of the supervisory board. Brandt joined the board in 2007 and was appointed the same year as chairman of the audit committee. He is also retiring in 2014 as a member of the executive board of German software firm SAP.

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A former Synthetic Genomics attorney alleges that the firm discriminated against her and other female employees, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Due to privacy and lab certification questions, the planned giveaway of Orig3n testing kits at a Baltimore Ravens game was suspended.

Alnylam reports positive results from its phase 3 clinical trial of an RNAi-based drug, according to Stat News.

In Cell this week: adult mesenchymal cell populations in mouse lung, genetic diversity in HPV16 and cancer risk protection, and more.