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An operator installs a chromatography column to purify the gene therapy drug Glybera at Dutch biotech company uniQure in Amsterdam December 13, 2012. REUTERS/Michael Kooren

An operator installs a chromatography column to purify the gene therapy drug Glybera at Dutch biotech company uniQure in Amsterdam December 13, 2012. REUTERS/Michael Kooren

An operator installs a chromatography column to purify the gene therapy drug Glybera at Dutch biotech company uniQure in Amsterdam December 13, 2012. REUTERS/Michael Kooren
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A uniQure bioprocessing engineer takes a sample from a sterile disposable plastic cell culture bag as it is placed onto a rocking platform in a laboratory at Dutch biotech company uniQure in Amsterdam December 13, 2012. REUTERS/ Michael Kooren

A uniQure bioprocessing engineer takes a sample from a sterile disposable plastic cell culture bag as it is placed onto a rocking platform in a laboratory at Dutch biotech company uniQure in Amsterdam December 13, 2012. REUTERS/ Michael Kooren

A uniQure bioprocessing engineer takes a sample from a sterile disposable plastic cell culture bag as it is placed onto a rocking platform in a laboratory at Dutch biotech company uniQure in Amsterdam December 13, 2012. REUTERS/ Michael Kooren
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A uniQure bioprocessing engineer shows a shaker flask where cells in growth medium are cultured in a laboratory at Dutch biotech company uniQurein in Amsterdam December 13, 2012. REUTERS/ Michael Kooren

A uniQure bioprocessing engineer shows a shaker flask where cells in growth medium are cultured in a laboratory at Dutch biotech company uniQurein in Amsterdam December 13, 2012. REUTERS/ Michael Kooren

A uniQure bioprocessing engineer shows a shaker flask where cells in growth medium are cultured in a laboratory at Dutch biotech company uniQurein in Amsterdam December 13, 2012. REUTERS/ Michael Kooren
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A uniQure bioprocessing engineer takes a sample from a sterile disposable plastic cell culture bag as it is placed onto a rocking platform in a laboratory at Dutch biotech company uniQure in Amsterdam December 13, 2012. REUTERS/ Michael Kooren

A uniQure bioprocessing engineer takes a sample from a sterile disposable plastic cell culture bag as it is placed onto a rocking platform in a laboratory at Dutch biotech company uniQure in Amsterdam December 13, 2012. REUTERS/ Michael Kooren

A uniQure bioprocessing engineer takes a sample from a sterile disposable plastic cell culture bag as it is placed onto a rocking platform in a laboratory at Dutch biotech company uniQure in Amsterdam December 13, 2012. REUTERS/ Michael Kooren
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