NEW YORK, July 3 – Three out of four of the largest mergers and acquisitions that occurred in the pharmaceutical sector in the second quarter involved genomics companies, and the consolidation trend is expected to continue, said Steven Burrill, CEO of Burrill & Company, a San Francisco-based merchant bank.

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