NEW YORK, Aug. 19 - As big pharma's product pipeline continues to wither, the role of genomics-tool and -data providers becomes increasingly uncertain.

Will the pressure on pharma firms to develop new products at all costs mean that genomic companies can expect an increase in new-technology orders? Or will pharma's revenue woes mean that increased spending on new technology becomes foolish?

 

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