NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – With a boost from its deal to be acquired by Laboratory Corporation of America, shares of Monogram Biosciences rose 122 percent during the month of June, making it the top gainer among the stocks that comprise the GenomeWeb Daily News Index.

Monogram's performance was by far the best among the 27 shares that rose in value during June. Only nine of the stocks in the Index fell during the month.

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