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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Vivek Murthy is no longer the surgeon general of the US, the Associated Press reports.

People around the globe took to the streets to support science — some with signs.

Parents who learn of their increased genetic risk of disease also contend with telling their children about theirs, the New York Times writes.

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