By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Varian has reported a 3 percent decline in its first quarter results, as the firm nears completion of its merger with Agilent Technologies.

The Palo Alto, Calif.-based maker of scientific instruments and other technologies today filed its first quarter financial report with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

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