By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Accelrys reported after the close of the market Thursday that its third-quarter revenues grew 7 percent, breaking a string of revenue declines in the last three consecutive quarters.

The San Diego-based bioinformatics firm brought in total revenues of $22.1 million for the three-month period ended Dec. 31, 2009, compared to $20.6 million for Q3 2008.

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