Harvard Bioscience last week reported that its Genomic Solutions business was a “major disappointment” in the first quarter of 2004, and that the company may consolidate the business to cut costs — announcements that sent its stock plunging by 50 percent during the week.

Genomic Solutions took in $2 million less than expected, according to the company — pushing Harvard Bioscience out of the profitability zone. The company experienced a net loss of $51,000 for the quarter, compared with a net income of $776,000 in the year-ago period.

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The New York Times and ProPublica look into the close relationship between a startup and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Yahoo News reports millions of dollars are being transferred from NIH, CDC, and other programs to pay for the housing of detained undocumented immigrant children.

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