NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Beckman Coulter is laying off 11 employees from its facility in Webster, Texas, according to that state's most recent WARN notice. Beckman employs 92 full-time employees at the site, which performs R&D and makes diagnostic reagents. The layoffs are scheduled to happen by Jan. 15, 2010.

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