NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – More than half of the companies operating in the omics tools and molecular diagnostics space saw their stock prices drop in April, resulting in a sluggish GenomeWeb Daily News Index for the month.

Of the 29 firms in the GWDN Index, 16 declined during the past month, and overall the index inched up less than 1 percent. It trailed the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the Nasdaq, which grew a little less than 2 percent each, as well as the Nasdaq Biotech Index, which gained almost 8 percent.

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