NEW YORK, Feb 21 – Aclara Biosciences said Wednesday its fourth-quarter 2000 revenues slipped to $733,000, from $855,000 a year ago, as declining revenues from a drug screening offset revenue increases from government grants and a collaboration with Cellomics.

For 2000, revenues were up 21 percent to $3.5 million, mostly as a result of the Cellomics partnership.

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