Broad cuts 24 genomics staff

The Broad Institute of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard laid off 24 of its MIT employees last week, citing an upgrade to next-generation, high-throughput, genome sequencing technologies that made those jobs obsolete. "It's purely related to changes in technology," Nicole Davis, a Broad Institute spokesperson, told __The Scientist__, and not a result of a dwindling endowment in the weakened economy. The linkurl:Broad,;http://www.broad.mit.edu/ which was founded in 2003 wit

Elie Dolgin
Feb 2, 2009
The Broad Institute of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard laid off 24 of its MIT employees last week, citing an upgrade to next-generation, high-throughput, genome sequencing technologies that made those jobs obsolete. "It's purely related to changes in technology," Nicole Davis, a Broad Institute spokesperson, told __The Scientist__, and not a result of a dwindling endowment in the weakened economy. The linkurl:Broad,;http://www.broad.mit.edu/ which was founded in 2003 with a $100 million gift by Eli and Edythe Broad (who have since donated $500 million more), wrote in a statement that "this move is unrelated to the recent widespread economic problems: It is entirely a reflection of the changes in DNA sequencing technologies, which require us to invest our sequencing resources in different ways." The action mirrors a similar round of cuts at the linkurl:J. Craig Venter Institute,;http://www.jcvi.org/ in Rockville, Maryland, which eliminated 29 sequencing staff jobs in December after...



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