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This article was originally posted on May 1.
An unanticipated decline in demand for gene expression microarrays has thwarted Affymetrix's return to growth and profitability and caused the firm to suspend its 2013 guidance, executives said last week.

Fluidigm will later this year debut a 96-SNP panel for use in assessing the quality and identity of samples collected by biorepositories.

Name: Andrew Brooks
Title: Chief operating officer, RUCDR Infinite Biologics

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Precision for Medicine, a Chevy Chase, Md.-based startup offering a variety of services for life science companies, has brought in $150 million in private funding, the firm said this week.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Stem cell developer Cellular Dynamics (CDI) will open a new facility within the Buck Institute for Research on Aging, in Novato, Calif., under a new five-year lease.

Affymetrix and the UK Biobank last week announced an agreement that will see the array vendor genotype UKBB's collection of 500,000 samples.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The French government has provided €13.4 million ($17.4 million) to fund the Innovative MODels Initiative (IMODI), a partnership aimed at facilitating the development of new cancer treatments.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – A Brigham and Women's Hospital researcher has won $2.6 million in funding from the National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke to search for biomarkers for Parkinson's disease and to share data from its Parkinson's biobank with other researchers.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The Blue Genomics Consortium Chile is providing $17 million in funding to perform genomics-based research into why some Atlantic salmon and trout seem resistant to Caligus and Salmon Rickettsial Syndrome (SRS).

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The past decade has seen a dramatic rise in the number and diversity of biobanks in the US, from academic institutions to research institutes and hospitals, and any efforts at creating regulations or governing rules for them will require more than a 'one-size-fits-all'

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NPR reports that many USDA researchers working at the two agencies that are relocating to the Kansas City area are declining to go.

Genetic genealogy has helped exonerate a man who has been jailed for 20 years, Agence France Presse reports.

A new report says genetically modified food might be necessary to be able to feed a planet of nearly 10 billion people, Bloomberg says.

In Nature this week: new RNA editing approach called LEAPER, draft assembly of Musa balbisiana banana genome, and more.