NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Hologic reported after the close of the market Wednesday that its first quarter revenues increased 7 percent year over year , driven by the international blood screening market and the domestic molecular diagnostics market.

The Bedford, Mass.-based firm reported total revenues of $652.8 million for the three months ended Dec. 27, 2014, up from $612.5 million for Q1 2014 and in line with its announcement earlier this month of preliminary revenues of $653 million.

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