By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Fitch Rating today affirmed its "A-" issuer default rating for Thermo Fisher Scientific, following the firm's announcement that it plans to acquire allergy and autoimmune diagnostics firm Phadia for €2.47 billion ($3.5 billion).

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