By Bernadette Toner

WaferGen is in the process of moving its operations to a new, larger facility in line with the recent launch of gene expression-profiling services based on its SmartChip real-time PCR system, company officials said this week.

A standalone version of the SmartChip system will be available for sale in the second half of the year, they added.

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

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