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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Agilent Technologies and Swedish private equity firm EQT today announced that Agilent will acquire cancer diagnostics firm Dako from EQT for $2.2 billion.

The deal, the largest in Agilent's history, is expected to close within the next 60 days and moves Agilent deeper into the diagnostics space.

Agilent is funding the deal entirely with its off-shore cash.

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