By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) - Life Technologies said today that its board has authorized the repurchase of up to $500 million in shares.

The program authorizes the company's management to repurchase shares on the open market or in privately negotiated transactions.

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