Life Technologies this week reported a 3 percent decrease in organic revenue for its Molecular Biology Systems division in the first quarter of 2011 amid flat overall organic revenue growth for the company.

Life Tech said that the slowdown in Molecular Biology Systems receipts was due primarily to "difficult" year-over year comparisons for its PCR and molecular biology reagents businesses, although this was partially offset by "strong demand" for the company's TaqMan assay products.

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