NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Gen-Probe said after the close of the market Tuesday that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Prodesse for at least $60 million in cash.

Gen-Probe said that the acquisition price for the privately held molecular diagnostics firm could rise to up to $85 million if certain financial and regulatory milestones are met in 2010 and 2011.

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