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Hologic Buy of Gen-Probe Clears German Regulatory Review

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – German regulators have cleared Hologic's $3.7 billion purchase of Gen-Probe, the two companies said today.

The deal, under which Hologic will pay $82.75 for each share of Gen-Probe stock, cleared US antitrust review last month and with clearance from Germany's Federal Cartel Office, required antitrust clearances have been received, the companies said.

The purchase is expected to be completed on or about Aug. 1. Gen-Probe is holding a special shareholders meeting on July 1 at its San Diego headquarter to vote on the deal.

The Scan

LINE-1 Linked to Premature Aging Conditions

Researchers report in Science Translational Medicine that the accumulation of LINE-1 RNA contributes to premature aging conditions and that symptoms can be improved by targeting them.

Team Presents Cattle Genotype-Tissue Expression Atlas

Using RNA sequences representing thousands of cattle samples, researchers looked at relationships between cattle genotype and tissue expression in Nature Genetics.

Researchers Map Recombination in Khoe-San Population

With whole-genome sequences for dozens of individuals from the Nama population, researchers saw in Genome Biology fine-scale recombination patterns that clustered outside of other populations.

Myotonic Dystrophy Repeat Detected in Family Genome Sequencing Analysis

While sequencing individuals from a multi-generation family, researchers identified a myotonic dystrophy type 2-related short tandem repeat in the European Journal of Human Genetics.