NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Sparked by preliminary fourth-quarter revenue results that surpassed analysts' consensus estimate and the launch of its new HiSeq 2000 sequencer, shares of Illumina jumped roughly 20 percent in the month of January.

The firm's stock was the top gainer for the month, followed by Cepheid (+18 percent) and Caliper Life Sciences (+17 percent).

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