By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Millipore today said that its shareholders have voted in favor of the firm's acquisition by Germany's Merck KGaA.

The Billerica, Mass.-based research products firm said that shareholders representing around 79 percent of its shares voted, with 98 percent voting in favor of the deal.

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