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Applied Biosystems Group and Celera Genomics Group First Quarter Fiscal 2005 Financial Results and Conference Call Scheduled for October 26, 2004

NORWALK, CT - October 18, 2004

Applera Corporation announced today that it will issue fiscal 2005 first quarter results for Applied Biosystems Group (NYSE:ABI) and Celera Genomics Group (NYSE:CRA) on Tuesday, October 26, 2004. Results are scheduled for release before the opening of trading on the New York Stock Exchange.

Tony L. White, Chief Executive Officer, Dennis L. Winger, Chief Financial Officer of Applera Corporation, and senior managers from the Corporation’s businesses will lead a conference call the same day at 11:00 a.m. (ET) to discuss these results and other matters related to the businesses. The call will be formatted to focus on each of the Applera businesses separately, approximately at the times indicated below, although the exact timing may be different as the call will proceed without pause between segments:

Applied Biosystems Group 11:00 a.m. (ET)
Celera Diagnostics 11:45 a.m.
Celera Genomics Group 12:15 p.m.

During each segment, the management team will make prepared remarks and answer questions from securities analysts and investment professionals. Investors, securities analysts, representatives of the media and other interested parties who would like to participate should dial 706.634.4992 (code "Applera") at any time from 10:45 a.m. until the end of the call. This conference call will also be webcast. Interested parties who wish to listen to the webcast should visit the “Investors & Media” section of either or, or “Investors” section of A digital recording will be available approximately two hours after the completion of the conference call on October 26 until November 7, 2004. Interested parties should call 706.645.9291 and enter conference ID 1528463.

About Applera Corporation
Applera Corporation consists of two operating groups. The Applied Biosystems Group serves the life science industry and research community by developing and marketing instrument-based systems, consumables, software, and services. Customers use these tools to analyze nucleic acids (DNA and RNA), small molecules, and proteins to make scientific discoveries, develop new pharmaceuticals, and conduct standardized testing. Applied Biosystems is headquartered in Foster City, CA, and reported sales of $1.7 billion during fiscal 2004. The Celera Genomics Group is engaged principally in the discovery and development of targeted therapeutics for cancer, autoimmune and inflammatory diseases. Celera Genomics is leveraging its proteomic, bioinformatic, and genomic capabilities to identify and validate drug targets, and to discover and develop small molecule therapeutics. It is also seeking to advance therapeutic antibody and selected small molecule drug programs in collaboration with global technology and market leaders. Celera Diagnostics, a 50/50 joint venture between Applied Biosystems and Celera Genomics, is focused on discovery, development, and commercialization of diagnostic products. Information about Applera Corporation, including reports and other information filed by the company with the Securities and Exchange Commission, is available at, or by telephoning 800.762.6923.

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