By Julia Karow

This article, originally published April 27, has been updated with additional information from Life Technologies' earnings call and post-earnings Q&A.

First-quarter revenues for Life Technologies' Genetic Systems division increased 14 percent over last year, driven by an 80-percent surge in the firm's next-generation sequencing business, as well as strong sales of capillary electrophoresis instruments and reagents and double-digit growth in its human identification business.

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