NEW YORK, Oct 23 - Aurora Biosciences said Monday its third-quarter net income totaled $1.4 million, or six cents a share on a diluted basis, compared with a net loss of $1.7 million, 10 cents a share, in the year ago period.

Earnings beat Wall Street’s expectations by three cents a share, based on a survey of five analysts conducted by First Call/Thomson Financial.

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