Affymetrix next year will introduce a benchtop instrument that will target "lower-throughput labs with limited capital budgets, users without access to core facilities, price-sensitive markets, and RT-PCR users looking to access the whole genome," according to a company official.

The system, called GeneAtlas, will begin beta trials in the third quarter, and Affy expects to launch it in Q1 2010, according to Jay Kaufman, vice president of product marketing.

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