By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The Federal Trade Commission has cleared the way for GE Healthcare's purchase of molecular diagnostics and imaging firm Clarient.

The FTC this week granted GE Healthcare early termination of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvement Act of 1976, removing antitrust barriers in the US to the cash deal, estimated at $570 million to $580 million.

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