This article was originally published June 25.

About a month after Helicos BioSciences laid off half its workforce to refocus its business on diagnostics, the company said last week that it is in the early stages of developing several molecular diagnostics tests.

Helicos said it will launch a test in the second quarter of 2011 that will identify gene mutations associated with a woman's risk of developing hereditary breast or ovarian cancer. It also plans to develop additional MDx tests such as non-invasive prenatal diagnostic tests.

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