NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Gen-Probe has completed its acquisition of Prodesse for around $60 million in cash. The total price could rise to $85 million if Prodesse achieves certain financial and regulatory milestones in 2010 and 2011. The deal was initially announced earlier this month.

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