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FTC files complaint to block Illumina from buying PacBio

WASHINGTON, Dec 17 (Reuters) - The Federal Trade Commission has filed a complaint aimed at stopping Illumina Inc from purchasing Pacific Biosciences of California, the agency said on Tuesday.

The agency said in a statement that it had filed the complaint because of concern that Illumina sought to buy PacBio in order to prevent PacBio from developing into a competitor to Illumina in the market for next-generation DNA sequencing. (Reporting by Diane Bartz; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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