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NEW YORK — Private equity firm GTCR said on Tuesday that its Cole-Parmer business has acquired ZeptoMetrix, a maker of quality control standards and verification panels used in infectious disease molecular diagnostic testing.

Financial and other terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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