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ABI Lays off Over 40 in Contract Sequencing Business

 NEW YORK, June 2 - Applied Biosystems laid off over 40 employees in the contract sequencing business, which was based in Rockville, MD, last week, according to a company spokesperson.


The company land has shuttered its Rockville-based sequencing business. The company plans to continue offering contract sequencing, but the bulk of the contract work they are doing in their Foster Cityplant is genotyping, said the spokesperson, Lori Murray


"We can accommodate a certain level of contract sequencing here [in Foster City, Calif.] so we didn't need the Rockville[group]," said Murray.


ABI had assumed responsibility for Celera's contract sequencing business when the company took over Celera Discovery systems in April 2002.


Last December, ABI announced that it was planning to lay off approximately 500 people. In January, the company said that no more layoffs were expected.

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