NEW YORK, May 18 (GenomeWeb News) - Several genomics companies, including Nuvelo, Orchid, Illumina, and Oscient (formerly Genome Therapeutics), were among 26 securities added to the Nasdaq Biotechnology Index yesterday.

The change in the index will become effective with the market open next Monday.

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