NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Exact Sciences said today that it is undertaking a number of cost-reduction efforts, including laying off eight employees and suspending validation studies of its Version 2 stool-based technology for colorectal cancer screening, in an effort to conserve cash while “pursuing a strategic alternative for the business.”
 

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