Lynx Therapeutics moved its delayed annual shareholders' meeting back, setting the new date for March 1, the company announced this week.

The Hayward, Calif.-based gene-expression services firm had initially chosen Feb. 17 for the first meeting of its shareholders since 2003. It is hoping to amass enough votes at the shareholder meeting to secure its merger with Solexa, an Essex, UK-based DNA-sequencing products developer, with whom it signed a definitive merger pact in September (see BAN 10/6/04).

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