NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – A flush year in the broader biotechnology space lifted the GenomeWeb Daily News Index in 2014. 

The index, which tracks the stock performance of 29 companies in the molecular diagnostics and omics tools space, rose 17 percent year over year, led by Exact Sciences, which saw its stock price more than double during the year. 

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