NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Citing a recent run up in Life Technologies' stock fueled by speculation that it may be positioning itself to be bought, investment bank Cowen & Co. today downgraded the Carlsbad, Calif.-based firm to Neutral from Outperform.

Analyst Doug Schenkel added in a research note that amid reports that several potential buyers may be preparing to bid on Life Tech, "[w]e do believe there is a transaction to be done (at the right price)."

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