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Novartis is breaking up the Genome & Proteome Sciences program within the Cambridge, Mass.-based Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research in order to restructure and refocus its programs and resources. The company will continue ongoing projects, but most of the staff and programs will be absorbed by other units within the pharma.

Agilent Technologies plans to acquire Stratagene for about $246 million in cash, representing a 28 percent premium above Stratagene’s stock price the day before the acquisition was announced.

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