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Merck Closes Acquisition of Sirna Therapeutics

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — Merck has closed its $1.1-billion cash acquisition of Sirna Therapeutics, Merck said last week.
 
Merck originally announced its plan to acquire the RNAi company on Oct. 30, 2006, but waited for regulatory approval and for Sirna shareholders to give the nod, which they did on Dec. 28, 2006.
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