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This article was originally published July 9.

Helicos has dropped a patent infringement lawsuit against Life Technologies in a dispute that began in 2010 and also included Pacific Biosciences and Illumina as defendants.

The litigation was related to Life Tech's "Starlight" single-molecule sequencing technology, which Helicos alleged was infringing its patents. Helicos CEO Ivan Trifunovich told In Sequence via e-mail that the company has dropped the suit because Starlight is "all but abandoned as a commercial platform by Life."

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