By Julia Karow

This article has been updated from a version posted April 15 to include comments from 454's CEO.

Sequencing sales for Roche's Applied Science business fell 15 percent, measured in local currencies, in the first quarter of 2010 compared to the same period last year, the pharma and diagnostics company reported last week.

The company's sequencing revenues come from its 454 Life Sciences business, which became part of Applied Science when Roche acquired the firm in 2007.

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