NEW YORK, Oct. 2 - Young, private genomic companies in the US anxious about a constricting venture capital market can breathe easy.

Despite sharp drops in the stock market, a receding overall venture capital tide, and the economic uncertainty brought on by the terrorist assault on the US three weeks ago, industry analysts believe that the private equity environment for early-stage genomic companies remains robust, has been outperforming the overall VC market, and shows signs of growth in the new year.

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