By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Life Technologies has assumed direct distribution of all Invitrogen products in Southern Africa, rather than selling through a third-party distributor. Andre Roberts, Life Tech's sales leader for Africa, said in the statement that the switch will provide customers with "shorter lead times and better access to our product range."

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