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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) - Earl Collier has resigned from his post as a director of Decode Genetics, the company said this week in a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. In the filing, Decode said that the resignation was not due to any disagreements he had with the company about operations or policies.

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