NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Becton Dickinson today reported that its second-quarter revenues were down less than 1 percent year over year, but its BD Biosciences segment managed three percent revenue growth for the quarter.

The Franklin Lakes, NJ-based maker of diagnostics, medical products, and life science research tools reported revenues of $1.74 billion for the three-month period ended March 31, down from revenues of $1.75 billion in the second quarter of 2008.

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