NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – With uncertainty over future National Institutes of Health funding and concerns over austerity measures in Europe, investors have recently cooled on the stocks of genomics tools firms.

Following a strong January and modest gains for the remainder of the first quarter, the stocks of genomics tools firms and some molecular diagnostics companies have slumped over the past couple of months, though part of that can be attributed to bearish trends in the broader stock market.

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