Demand remains strong for at least some of Illumina's microarray portfolio, as the company said this week that sales of certain chips contributed to a spike in consumable revenues during the first quarter.

At the same time, Illumina saw microarray instrumentation sales decrease in Q1, causing total array revenue to decline year-over-year, contributing to a 3 percent drop in total revenues compared to the first quarter of 2011.

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The Seattle Times writes that pharmacogenomics testing can help choose medications that may work best for people with depression.

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