At the start of June, Bio-Rad Laboratories announced an agreement to buy MJ GeneWorks — a holding company that includes MJ Research, MJ Bioworks, and MJ Japan — for $47 million in cash. The privately held MJ instrument companies, probably best known for their thermal cyclers, filed for bankruptcy protection earlier in the year and needed the acquisition as a result of their lawsuits with Applera, according to MJ CSO Mike Finney.

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