NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — Illumina today said it has received clearance under Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust regulations to continue with its proposed acquisition of Solexa.
 
The companies yesterday said Solexa and Illumina shareholders will vote on aspects of the acquisition on Jan. 26, 2007.

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