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Life Technologies has acquired consumer genetic testing firm Navigenics. According to Life Tech, the deal represents its "first step in executing against a strategy to build out its molecular diagnostics business through internal development, partnerships, and select acquisitions." Life Tech has also acquired Pinpoint Genomics and its early-stage non-small cell lung cancer test, which is designed to identify early-stage patients at high risk for progression to late-stage disease.

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