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Stat News reports some health tech startups are laying off or furloughing workers.

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CNBC discusses factors contributing to the state of direct-to-consumer genetic testing. 

Ancestry Layoffs

Ancestry is laying off about 6 percent of its workforce due to a decline in customer demand.

CEO Margo Georgiadis said that the company has "seen a slowdown in consumer demand across the entire DNA category."

Layoffs at 23andMe

Direct-to-consumer genetic testing firm 23andMe is laying off about 100 people.

The layoffs occurred across 23andMe's consumer business, which is being restructured, but did not impact its therapeutics business.

The New York Times reports the Infectious Disease Research Institute in Seattle has laid off about a third of its researchers.

In a Twitter message dated Dec. 4, the company said it is suspending its US operations for the time being "due to an unexpected adverse financing situation."

The firm disclosed to the state of California that it plans to lay off 42 employees in San Diego and 16 employees in Foster City.

Several genetic test providers thought Helix would give them a national sales channel for their genomics apps, but this didn't materialize.

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New analyses indicate female researchers are publishing less during the coronavirus pandemic than male researchers, according to Nature News.

A study suggests people with the ApoE e4 genotype may be more likely to have severe COVID-19 than those with other genotypes, the Guardian says.

Direct-to-consumer genetic testing companies are searching for a genetic reason for why some people, but not others, become gravely ill with COVID-19, the Detroit Free Press reports.

In PNAS this week: forward genetics-base analysis of retinal development, interactions of T cell receptors with neoantigens in colorectal cancer, and more.