By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Shares of Beckman Coulter shot up more than 27 percent amid reports that it is looking for a buyer.

In early morning trading, shares of the Orange County, Calif.-based life science instrument, reagents, and diagnostics firm shot up to $72.77 after the Wall Street Journal reported it was shopping for a buyer in a sale that could fetch more than $5 billion.

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