NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Agilent has been looking to build a complete clinical sequencing workflow and it may have plugged the last gap — a next-generation sequencing instrument — with its recent $80 million investment in Lasergen.

A sequencing instrument to call its own was perhaps also the biggest gap for Agilent. If the collaboration between the two companies pans out, Agilent has an option to buy the entirety of Lasergen and own the entire workflow from end to end.

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