NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The number of mergers and acquisitions in the molecular diagnostics and omics life science tools space continued to climb in 2016, marking the second year of increased deals after declines in the previous three years. But the increase of 6 percent was significantly smaller than the 33 percent increase in 2015 over the previous year.

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