By Bernadette Toner and Julia Karow

This story has been updated from a version posted April 15 to include additional information from company SEC filings.

Helicos said last week in a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission that it has begun considering "alternatives" to its current long-term strategic focus, "including a repositioning of the company in the genetic analysis markets" with a particular focus on the molecular diagnostic sector.

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