Invitrogen has obtained a non-exclusive, worldwide license to a number of Affymetrix's micorarray patents, the firms announced this week.

Invitrogen is being tight-lipped about which patents it has licensed from Affymetrix and whether it intends to expand into the field of DNA microarrays, but it is clear the firm intends to expand its franchise in the non-coding RNA tools market.

"This was an opportunity for us to bring in some capabilities through additional intellectual property," said Greg Geissman, an Invitrogen spokesman.

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