NEW YORK--If merger discussions presently taking place between SmithKline Beecham and Glaxo Wellcome are successful, the deal would not only be the world's largest corporate merger, it would also unite the two largest corporate bioinformatics departments. In a statement January 30, SmithKline Beecham claimed the proposed merger--valued at $65 billion-$70 billion--would result in the formation of the largest R&D organization in the global healthcare industry. The merged firms' R&D budget would exceed $3.3 billion.

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