By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – German molecular diagnostics firm Epigenomics today reported that its first-half revenues increased 1 percent year over year, and the firm is implementing a restructuring that will include cutting its staff by nearly half.

The Berlin-based firm reported first-half revenues of €990,000 ($1.4 million), compared to €970,000 for the first half of 2010. Its net loss increased 10 percent to €5.90 from €5.40.

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