NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — Applied Biosystems today reported that fiscal first-quarter revenues rose 5 percent as R&D spending swelled 12 percent and a loss swung to a profit.

Separately today, the company announced the “worldwide commercial availability” of its SOLiD next-generation sequencer.

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