NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Life Technologies reported after the close of the market Tuesday that its first-quarter revenues increased 5 percent, or 2 percent excluding the impact of currency, beating Wall Street estimates on the top and bottom line.

The firm reported total revenues of $939 million for the three months ended March 31, compared to $896.8 million for the first quarter of 2011. It beat analysts' consensus estimate for revenues of $921.8 million.

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