Affymetrix representatives recently provided an update on the firm's forthcoming 384-sample genotyping product and advocated its use in both agricultural biotechnology and human disease research.

"The 384 format is ideally suited for genomic selection or marker selection, where you have to do high-throughput [analyses on the order of] 3,000 samples per week," said Shantanu Kaushikkar, head of strategic marketing for agrigenomics at Affy. "It's the next step for ag researchers."

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