By Tony Fong

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The number of mergers and acquisitions in the life science 'omics tools and molecular diagnostics space rose 15 percent year over year for the first half of 2011, spurred on by the low cost of debt and a handful of companies that proved to be especially aggressive buyers.

Despite the uptick, though, the M&A environment remains mixed and the forecast for the near future is unclear, according to industry observers.

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In this webinar, the first in the “New Frontiers in Liquid Biopsy Research” series, Bea Bellosillo, head of pathology at the Hospital del Mar, will discuss her experience evaluating an early-access lung cancer panel that detects copy number variants and fusions.

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This webinar will discuss how acoustic liquid handling can reduce the time and costs for labs performing carrier screening with next-generation sequencing.

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In this webinar, the second in the “New Frontiers in Liquid Biopsy Research” series, Luca Quagliata, Senior Consultant in the Molecular Pathology Unit at University Hospital Basel, will share two specific unmet needs within his lab’s liquid biopsy research that led to the eventual evaluation, adoption, and implementation of the latest liquid biopsy Oncomine NGS solutions from Thermo Fisher.