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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.

Thermo Fisher Scientific has reduced its headcount by about 890 through the first nine months of the year, including 450 during the third quarter, it disclosed in it quarterly earnings document filed today with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Affymetrix reported after the close of the market Wednesday that its third-quarter revenues dropped around 14 percent year over year on lower product sales.

Illumina President and CEO Jay Flatley said this week that the company has installed nearly 1,000 of its Eco real-time PCR systems since it launched the platform in July 2010 after acquiring biotech firm Helixis.

Illumina filed a document with the US Securities and Exchange Commission disclosing that it will cut 200 jobs from its global workforce.

This article has been updated to include additional information from Illumina's conference call.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Abbott today announced that it will split into two separate, publicly-traded companies — one focused on diversified medical products and the other on research-based pharmaceuticals.

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In a letter, about two dozen researchers criticize the World Health Organization investigation into the origins of SARS-CoV-2 and call for a new inquiry, the Wall Street Journal reports.

National Geographic reports that nine great apes at the San Diego Zoo have been vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2.

Janet Woodcock, the acting commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration, speaks with NPR about SARS-CoV-2 testing and vaccines in the US.

In Science this week: genetic study of kidney fibrosis implicates the SOX9-NAV3-YAP1 axis.