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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The GenomeWeb Daily News Index slid about 2 percent in August, mirroring the decline in the broader market.

During the month, 19 of the 30 firms comprising the Index saw their month-over-month share prices retreat, led by Nanosphere, which was down almost 34 percent. Vermillion (-20 percent), NanoString Technologies (-16 percent) and Exact Sciences (-16 percent) were also down significantly during the month.

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