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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – After three straight years of declining mergers and acquisitions in the molecular diagnostics and omics life science tools space, 2015 was the year M&As came roaring back. The sector saw a 33 percent increase in deals, with Roche continuing the buying spree it started in 2014 and Merck KGaA closing its $17 billion acquisition of Sigma-Aldrich.

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