NEW YORK, Feb 27 – Illumina of San Diego said Tuesday it had penned a deal with Chevron Research and Technology to study ways Illumina’s fiber-optic BeadArray microarray technology could be used to detect compounds in chemical plant operations.

Chevron, which is funding the study, expects to complete the research by early 2002. Chevron previously invested in Illumina through its venture capital group.

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