By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Gen-Probe's fourth-quarter revenues rose 16 percent year over year as its blood screening business rose 30 percent, the company said after the close of the market on Monday.

For the three months ended Dec. 31, 2011, the San Diego company posted revenues of $158.2 million, up from $136.7 million a year ago, just short of analyst estimates calling for $158.6 million.

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