NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Life Technologies recently acquired privately held Cytonix, a microfluidics technologies firm, the firm said earlier this week in its second-quarter earnings statement.

Life Technologies provided few details about the acquisition of the Beltsville, Md.-based company. However, it said that it acquired the firm for its intellectual property related to its microfluidics-based digital polymerase chain reaction technology.

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