Thermo Fisher Scientific this week announced that it will acquire Life Technologies for $13.6 billion in a deal that will bring together two of the largest providers of RNAi research products into a single entity.

The transaction also marks the latest in a series of mergers and acquisitions by both companies and their predecessors over the years that transformed the RNAi reagent field from a market served by small, niche players to one controlled by a few life science giants.

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