NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Despite a temporary deal in Washington to avert the fiscal cliff, spending by academic research laboratories on life science research tools may remain flat in the short to medium term, according to survey results released today by Goldman Sachs.

The survey tracked sentiments and behavior by research lab managers in the fourth quarter of 2012 and provides a window into spending patterns during the quarter as well as priorities for the first half of 2013.

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