A month and a half after announcing their intention to merge operations, Solexa and Lynx Therapeutics have signed a definitive agreement and expect to market their first jointly developed product by the end of next year.

Essex, UK-based Solexa has been working on optimizing a sequencing system based on clustered arrays, which it expects will be sequencing genomes next year. It also is one of several start-ups chasing the goal of being able to sequence a human genome for $1,000, a feat it aims to accomplish within this decade.

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