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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Illumina today announced sweeping changes to its organization in order to maintain growth in its existing markets and to move into new ones.

Merck this week announced a broad restructuring that will include the elimination of roughly 8,500 jobs and a reduction in the company's annual operating expenses by $2.5 billion by the end of 2015.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Fitch Ratings today affirmed its long-term rating on Agilent Technologies' debt at 'BBB+' and revised its outlook to stable from positive, following Agilent's announcement earlier in the day that it would

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Agilent Technologies announced today that it will split into two publicly-traded companies — one focused on its life science and diagnostics business and the other on its electronic measurement business.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Norwegian biomarker diagnostics firm DiaGenic today announced the initiation of a cost reduction program, which includes the elimination of an undisclosed number of jobs.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Mayo Clinic in Florida said today that it has received a $5 million private donation to help fund the launch and operations of a new clinical center in Jacksonville that will use genomic technologies to tailor treatments to individual patients.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – GeneNews today announced a restructuring of the company that includes the resignation of its President and COO Gailina Liew and a reduction in headcount of about 60 percent of its staff.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Luminex said after the close of the market Wednesday that it will undertake a restructuring that will result in an undisclosed number of employees being laid off and its Brisbane, Australia office being closed.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Scientific informatics firm Accelrys reported after the close of the market Wednesday that its second-quarter revenues increased nearly 2 percent year over year, as it announced cost-cutting measures including the termination of 80 positions.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Thermo Fisher Scientific took charges of $18.2 million during the first quarter associated with a reduction in headcount of about 315 employees, the company said in its Form 10-Q this week.

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In Nature this week: comparative analyses of single-cell RNA sequencing protocols uncover differences between approaches, and more.