NEW YORK, Oct. 7 (GenomeWeb News) - Aclara BioSciences said today that it has been granted its 96th patent covering its eTag assay technology.

The latest patent (US No. 6,627,400, titled "Multiplexed Measurement of Membrane Protein Populations") covers the use of the technology for the measurement of populations of proteins such as receptors on cell surfaces.

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