By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Gen-Probe reported after the close of the market Thursday that its fourth-quarter revenues increased 27 percent year over year.

The San Diego-based molecular diagnostics firm brought in total revenues of $138.9 million for the three-month period ended Dec. 31, compared to $109.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2008.

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