By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Merck KGaA has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Millipore for $7.2 billion in a cash deal that would create a life science research products giant with around $2.9 billion in annual revenues.

The firms announced the deal yesterday — several days after reports that Thermo Fisher Scientific had made a $6 billion bid for Millipore.

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