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This article has been updated from a previous version, published Sept. 30, to clarify the status of Genome Institute employees affiliated with Washington University's medical school.

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Beckman Coulter's president has issued a letter to employees informing them that 8 percent of the company's workforce will be laid off as part of the company's restructuring.

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter
NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – PerkinElmer reduced its number of employees by 72 as part of a restructuring plan during its recently completed second quarter, the company disclosed this week.

German molecular diagnostics firm Epigenomics today reported that its first-half revenues increased 1 percent year over year, and the firm is implementing a restructuring that will include cutting its staff by nearly half.

The company said in an SEC document it will shrink its workforce by 10 to 15 employees in connection with the integration of its Symyx acquisition.

LabCorp plans to integrate Genzyme Genetics' reimbursement and IT teams at the Westborough, Mass., facility into its own operations.

The firm's Pharmaceutical Divisions will be primarily affected by the job cuts and transfers. The program is expected to result in annual cost savings of CHF2.4 billion ($2.4 billion) for Roche.

The firm also will consolidate its R&D work and leave open job positions unfilled.

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Bioethicists disagree with a research team's decision to allow the return of risk results for adult-onset conditions from a newborn sequencing project, according to Reuters.

Alterations to particular gene may enable the Quechua of Peru to better tolerate high-altitude life, Ars Technica reports.

Nature News reports that additional South Korean researchers have included the names of children on scientific papers when they did not contribute to the work.

In PLOS this week: statistical approach to prioritize rare variant searches, gene expression alterations in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and more.