NEW YORK, Feb 22 - Bayer and Curagen received clearance from the Federal Trade Commission Thursday to complete a $124 million functional genomics deal and a $1.34 billion deal to jointly develop obesity drugs.

The proposed deal did not violate the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, the FTC said. Following the approval, Bayer completed the purchase of $85 million in Curagen common stock.

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In PNAS this week: genome sequencing of weevil symbionts, retinoid X receptor deletion in lung cancer metastasis, and more.

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