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Quest Diagnostics Announces One Day Extension of Offer to Acquire Celera to 5pm Today
Date:5/3/2011

11.  The tender offer is being made pursuant to an offer to purchase, dated March 28, 2011, as amended, and in connection with an agreement and plan of merger, dated March 17, 2011, as amended on April 18, 2011, by and among Quest Diagnostics, Spark and Celera (the "Merger Agreement"), which Quest Diagnostics and Celera announced on March 18, 2011.

Except for the extension of the tender offer, all other terms and conditions of the tender offer remain unchanged.

About Quest Diagnostics

Quest Diagnostics is the world's leading provider of diagnostic testing, information and services that patients and doctors need to make better healthcare decisions.  The company offers the broadest access to diagnostic testing services through its network of laboratories and patient service centers, and provides interpretive consultation through its extensive medical and scientific staff.  Quest Diagnostics is a pioneer in developing innovative new diagnostic tests and advanced healthcare information technology solutions that help improve patient care.  Additional company information is available at: www.questdiagnostics.com.

Legal Notices and Disclaimers

This release is for informational purposes only.  It does not constitute an offer to purchase shares of Celera or a solicitation/recommendation under the rules and regulations of the SEC.  Quest Diagnostics and its subsidiary Spark have filed with the SEC a tender offer statement on Schedule TO, including the offer to purchase and related documents, which has been previously amended and will be further amended as described herein.  Celera has filed with the SEC a tender offer solicitation/recommendation statement on Schedule 14D-9, which has been previously amended and will be further amended as described herein.  These documents contain important information and stockholders of Celera are advised t
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