The US federal government has cleared the proposed sale of California-based Complete Genomics to China's BGI-Shenzen, The New York Times reports. The acquisition was given the OK by Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, which examines the national security ramification of sales of US companies to foreign buyers. The Times adds that the Federal Trade Commission still needs to green-light the deal on antitrust grounds.

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