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NEW YORK – The GenomeWeb Index rose more than 18 percent in April as investors reacted positively to efforts by life science companies to develop new diagnostic assays for the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

The index outperformed the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the Nasdaq, and the Nasdaq Biotechnology Index, which all saw recoveries of their own, rising 11 percent, 16 percent, and 15 percent, respectively.

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