By Ben Butkus

Bio-Rad's $162 million acquisition of digital PCR shop QuantaLife, announced yesterday, is expected to complement and expand Bio-Rad's existing PCR and quantitative real-time PCR portfolio, and may provide the company with an additional feather in its cap as it moves into the molecular diagnostics arena, a company executive said this week.

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