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The drug discovery and development company Exelixis will be laying off 270 people, or 40 percent of its workforce, reports the San Francisco Business Times. The company's drug discovery group will bear the brunt of the cuts. The company says that having lower compensation, lab supplies and clinical trial costs will save it $90 million through 2011.

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Science reports that a new White House Office of Management and Budget memo rescinds previous ones that helped research institutions deal with pandemic-related closures.

Researchers report on a concerning strain of the H1N1 swine flu virus found among pigs in China, Agence France Presse reports.

The Associated Press reports that US officials are considering allowing pooled COVID-19 testing.

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