Life Technologies this week reported a 2 percent increase in fourth-quarter revenues amid flat full-year revenues for its Genetic Analysis business unit, which includes the company's PCR and CE research instruments, sequencing products, and associated consumables.

The company said that growth in the Genetic Analysis unit was driven primarily by its Ion Torrent sequencing products, overcoming an expected decline in its SOLiD sequencing product line and in qPCR royalty payments.

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