Shares of Sequenom rose 23 percent for the five-day trading period ended Tuesday to lead all gainers in the BCW Index. The firm’s shares jumped 16 percent on Tuesday alone after the firm announced that it had licensed a next-generation sequencing technology from Harvard University (see Briefs).

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