Taking another step in its evolving strategy to gain a foothold in the next-generation DNA sequencing market, Applied Biosystems has inked a deal to acquire Agencourt Personal Genomics for approximately $120 million in cash.

The acquisition provides ABI with a relatively advanced technology in the emerging market for alternative DNA sequencing instruments, and the firm said it expects to place initial systems with early-access customers in 2007.

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