NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Roche today reported that its molecular diagnostics revenues increased 7 percent year over year, surpassing the overall growth of the firm's diagnostics division.

The Swiss drugs, diagnostics, and research products giant reported total diagnostics sales of CHF 10.27 billion $11.22 billion), up 5 percent from CHF 9.74 billion in 2011. On a constant currency basis, revenues were up 4 percent year over year.

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