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NEW YORK – Illumina officials were muted in their response to a threat from UK regulators that could potentially kill the firm's planned $1.2 billion acquisition of Pacific Biosciences. But that was just one of the storylines running through and around the firm's conference call following the release of its third quarter financial results.

"While we're still in the process of reviewing the documents, we continue to believe this acquisition is pro-competitive and in the best interests of customers and the genomics industry," Illumina CEO Francis deSouza said.

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