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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Axel Nielsen, COO of Decode Genetics, has resigned from the company, effective Jan. 1, 2010. The firm disclosed the resignation in a US Securities and Exchange Commission filing this week, but it did not say whether it intends to search for a replacement.

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