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Life Technologies Posts $107M Q4 Loss on Merger Charges

Life Technologies posted a fourth-quarter loss of $106.9 million last week due to a variety of charges associated with the merger of Applied Biosystems and Invitrogen last November that created the company.

Though the company's revenues fell short of analysts' expectations, the legacy Invitrogen business recorded organic revenue growth of 7 percent.

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