This story originally ran on July 27 and has been updated to include additional comments.

By Tony Fong

Agilent Technologies continued to bet on the life-science sector on Monday, announcing it plans to spend $1.5 billion to purchase instrument and vacuum company Varian.

From a proteomics perspective, the purchase is not expected to have a profound effect on Agilent, even though Varian has a fleet of LC/MS and Fourier transform mass specs that have use in proteomics and protein analysis.

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