By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Following a difficult 2011 on the stock market, particularly in the second half of the year, shares of publicly traded genomics tools firms jumped in the first month of 2012.

The GenomeWeb Daily News Index, which tracks the stocks of 31 firms in the genomics tools and molecular diagnostics markets, rose 15 percent in January.

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