By Tony Fong

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The number of mergers and acquisitions in the genomics tools and molecular diagnostics markets in 2011 was flat compared to 2010 as a strong start to the year fizzled out in the second half.

Despite the late-year lull, some experts are predicting a rebound in M&A activity over the next couple of years.

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