This article was originally published on July 27.

By Ben Butkus

Illumina said today that it has acquired privately held real-time PCR and nucleic acid-analysis firm Helixis in a deal that could be worth as much as $105 million.

Concurrent to the announcement, Illumina unveiled a new benchtop PCR instrument developed by Helixis, called the Eco real-time PCR system, that it said will cost about a quarter the price of existing PCR systems while delivering the same level of performance.

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