NEW YORK, Jan. 30 - For Affymetrix, 2001 could have been an annus horribilis. The company began the year with the revelation that its murine chips were defective, a whopping $19 million-plus settlement payment to end litigation with Oxford Gene Technology, and a pack of competitors nipping at its heels.


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