NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Complete Genomics CEO Clifford Reid has told the firm's employees that its purchase by BGI-Shenzhen is anticipated to be completed during the first quarter of 2013, while disputing suggestions that a merger with the Chinese sequencing services firm poses national security issues.

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