By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Agilent Technologies this week said that it expects its acquisition of Varian to close in either late April or early May. The $1.5 billion deal was signed last June, but had been held up by regulatory reviews in the EU and US.

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