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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.

The firm's lab services revenues were hurt by lower sample volume, but were partially offset by a higher average price per sample. Celera also announced a restructuring program intended to cut costs by $10 million next year.

The firm, which has been unable to complete a US IPO, has cut staff, consultants, and its board of directors as it seeks funding and potential strategic alternatives.

The cost-cutting moves, which are expected to reduce Rosetta's annual operating costs by $4 million, come less than a month after the Israeli firm unveiled two new microRNA-based tests it has under development and said that it would be establishing its own sales force to market them and certain other of its next-generation products.

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The New York City Police Department will be removing DNA profiles from a local database if they are from people who were never convicted of a crime, the New York Times reports.

Science reports that accusations of sexual assault against a microbiome researcher has also led to questions about his academic certifications.

Wired reports that researchers are analyzing the DNA fish leave behind in water to study their populations.

In Science this week: comprehensive cellular map of the human thymus, evidence of admixture between the ancestors of Neanderthals and Denisovan and a 'superarchaic' population.