By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – A strong first half of the year for the GenomeWeb Daily News Index eroded over the back half of 2011 as the stock prices of many genomics tools and some molecular diagnostics vendors fell amid challenging market conditions.

Driving the slide in the genomics tools sector has been uncertainty surrounding public funding sources for research and a slowdown among some customer end markets.

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