Qiagen and Roche this week each reported spikes in molecular diagnostics sales in 2010, although Roche reported flat sales for its applied science group.

For the fourth quarter of 2010, Qiagen's molecular diagnostics sales increased 7 percent on a constant exchange rate basis over 2009, primarily due to its infectious disease testing portfolio. Meantime, full-year 2010 molecular diagnostics sales rose 14 percent on a constant exchange rate basis over 2009. Qiagen said that molecular diagnostics comprises 48 percent of the company's total sales.

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