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Industry Layoffs Top Readers' Interest in 2011

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The past year saw several high-profile firms in the genomics tools and molecular diagnostics industries undertake restructurings and/or layoffs amid challenging economic conditions.

Several of GenomeWeb Daily News' most-viewed articles for 2011 centered on those job cuts. Below is a list of the top 10 most-viewed articles on GWDN for the year:

1) Layoffs at Life Tech
2) Pacific Biosciences Lays off 130 Employees
3) 13 Life Science Tool Firms Sued for False Patent Marking
4) Qiagen to Cut 8-10 Percent of Workforce in Restructuring
5) Illumina Buys Epicentre Biotechnologies, Launches MiSeq Platform
6) Elizabeth Dragon, Central Figure in Sequenom Trisomy 21 Scandal, Dies
7) Abbott to Split Into Two Separate Companies, Reports Q3 Sales Rise 13 Percent
8) Beckman Coulter to Cut 8 Percent of Workforce
9) Affymetrix CEO Stepping Down
10) Goldman Sachs Lowers Estimates on Illumina, But Favors MiSeq Growth Over PGM

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