NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Fluidigm reported after the close of the market Wednesday that its third-quarter revenues increased 21 percent year over year driven by strong consumables growth.

The firm also said in a separate announcement Wednesday that it has filed litigation against NanoString Technologies alleging deceptive marketing practices in an advertising campaign for its nCounter gene expression assay.

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