By Justin Petrone

Demand for NimbleGen microarrays and 454 Life Sciences sequencers helped Roche Applied Science's sales rise 8 percent in the first half of this year, Roche said last week.

Roche Diagnostics' Applied Science business, which includes the two firms, posted CHF 403 million ($376 million) in sales for the first half of 2009.

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