Recent years have been tough on Lynx Therapeutics, the Hayward, Calif.-based commercializer of gene sequencing and analysis technology originally developed in Sydney Brenner’s lab. Senior-level management changes, cascading losses, and subsequent layoffs have combined to force the publicly-held company into survival mode. But it appears Lynx may have found a guardian angel in Solexa, a privately-held startup specializing in gene sequencing technology based in Essex, UK.

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