NEW YORK, Jan 29 - GeneMachines of San Carlos, Calif., announced Monday the release of a new benchtop, low-density microarrayer designed to allow researchers to make customized microarrays.

The OmniGrid Accent prints from three-microtiter plates onto a 50-slide capacity platform and supports a print head that can hold up to 48 pins. The Accent has center-to-center spot distances adjustable in 2.5-micron increments and can print more than 4,000 features per slide in one hour at full capacity.

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