This story has been updated from a previous version to include comments from Life Technologies officials.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Life Technologies' Applied Biosystems business today launched a flow cytometer that uses sound waves to control the movement of cells, marking the company's first entry into the flow cytometry instrumentation market.

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