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Merck Expands Genomics, Automated Instrumentation With Aurora Biosciences

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SAN DIEGO--Through an expanded licensing agreement, Aurora Biosciences will provide additional assay development and screening of a group of G-protein-coupled receptors isolated by Merck. Aurora will also develop instruments and implement software enhancements for Merck's high-throughput screening system platform to enable new assay plates to be used.

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Also Subvariants

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