NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Helicos BioSciences' fourth-quarter net loss climbed nearly 50 percent as the firm geared up for the commercial launch of its Helicos Genetic Analysis Platform.

The Cambridge, Mass.-based firm reported that it had grant revenue of $117,000 in the quarter, compared to $159,000 in the fourth quarter of 2006.

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