NEW YORK, Sept. 21 – Qiagen, of Venlo, the Netherlands, has slashed its third-quarter earnings estimates after disruptions in air traffic following last week's terrorist attacks on the United States resulted in a sharp drop in sales.

Qiagen, which manufactures products for nucleic acid purification, said it now expected to post third-quarter earnings of four cents a share, compared with a previous estimate of seven cents a share. The company expects to report net sales of $63 million.

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