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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Sigma-Aldrich has laid off 30 employees as part of a restructuring plan to "exit various sales office locations in Europe," the company disclosed in a document filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission recently.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Complete Genomics is laying off 55 employees in order to reduce its cash burn and has hired a financial advisor to explore strategic alternatives, the company said today.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Thermo Fisher Scientific informed about 230 employees earlier this year that their jobs are being eliminated, the company disclosed in a document filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission last week.

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter
NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – WaferGen Bio-systems announced today a reorganization of its business, which resulted in the elimination of about 20 jobs during the first quarter.

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences has formed two new divisions as part of a restructuring effort as it takes over some of the programs formerly run by the National Center for Research Resources.

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter
NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Vermillion today announced a restructuring program to reduce headcount and expenses.

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter
NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – SQI Diagnostics announced after the close of the market on Wednesday that it is restructuring its business to focus on its Diagnostics Tools and Services business.

Qiagen reported after the close of the market Monday that it will cut between 8 percent and 10 percent of its global workforce in a reorganization intended to improve efficiency and resource allocation.

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Kelvin Droegemeier, the director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, is the new acting director of the US National Science Foundation.

An opinion piece at the Guardian discusses the state of SARS-CoV-2 testing in the UK.

Wired reports the University of California, Berkeley's Innovative Genomics Institute has transformed itself into a diagnostic lab to run SARS-CoV-2 tests.

In Nature this week: direct-capture Perturb-seq approach for combinatorial single-cell CRISPR screens, potential uses of genome-editing in breeding crops, and more.