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By Uduak Grace Thomas

As the world bids farewell to another year, observers of the life science informatics sector will remember 2011 for some surprise acquisitions, an influx of newcomers to the next-generation sequence analysis space, and continued efforts to develop new software tools for clinical data analysis and personalized medicine.

In addition, the ongoing economic slump forced some bioinformatics providers to pinch pennies and pare down their activities while others closed up shop permanently.

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07
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17
Sponsored by
Illumina

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