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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The GenomeWeb Index climbed nearly 4 percent in March driven by rising stock prices for Natera, Veracyte, and Fluidigm.

Overall, 22 of the 30 stocks that comprise the index saw increases. The 4 percent gain also beat the broader markets last month with the Dow Jones Industrial average essentially flat month over month, while the Nasdaq Composite grew almost 3 percent, and the Nasdaq Biotech was down about 1 percent.

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