NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Though Thermo Fisher Scientific's pending $13.6 billion purchase of Life Technologies sent shockwaves through the industry and led some to speculate about further deals, mergers and acquisitions in the life science tools and molecular diagnostics space were down year over year in 2013.

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