NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Canadian molecular diagnostics company GeneNews today announced it will borrow $400,000 and lay off 16 workers at Innovative Diagnostics Laboratory (IDL), its joint venture with Cobalt Healthcare Consultants.

Toronto-based GeneNews is scrambling to respond to IDL's financial difficulties, brought on by declining sales and accumulating losses.

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