NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Following a spike in Life Technologies' share price after a report that the company may be searching for a buyer, investment firm William Blair today downgraded its rating for the company to Market Perform while several analysts weighed in on potential scenarios for a sale of the firm.

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