By Tony Fong

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – A slowly improving economy and increasing interest in the potential payoff from molecular diagnostics bodes well for mergers and acquisitions, particularly in the MDx space, according to some experts.

Last year's economic recession resulted in one of the weakest M&A environments in recent memory, but the first half of 2010 has seen a gradual recovery that some say will continue through the balance of the year.

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