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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Affymetrix's board of directors today dismissed the most recent bid by Origin Technologies to acquire Affy for $17.00 per share in an all-cash transaction, reaffirming its support for a previously approved merger agreement with Thermo Fisher Scientific at $14 per share.

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