The shakeout in the commercial bioinformatics market that began in 2002 gathered momentum during the past year, leaving the sector a bit smaller in December than it was in January. BioInform covered 12 consolidation events during 2003 (see box, p. 5) — an average of one per month, and around three times as many as occurred in any other year since 2000. [BioInform 04-07-03].

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