NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Despite some pickup year over year in the second half of 2012, the number of acquisitions in the 'omics-related life science tools and molecular diagnostics spaces slipped 5 percent this past year compared to 2011.

In total, 55 deals were either completed or announced during the past 12 months, down from 58 deals a year ago as a surge in activity later in the year only partially offset a sluggish first half of 2012.

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