NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Becton Dickinson today reported that its first-quarter revenues swelled 12 percent year over year, or 9 percent on a currency-neutral basis, driven largely by a 10 percent spike in its diagnostics sales, while revenues from the BD Biosciences segment were flat.

The Franklin Lakes, NJ-based maker of diagnostics, medical products, and life science research tools reported revenues of $1.9 billion for the three-month period ended December 31, up from revenues of $1.7 billion in the first quarter of 2009.

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