Affymetrix, Bio-Informatics Group | GenomeWeb

Affymetrix of Santa Clara, Calif. has received US Patent No. 6,924,094, "Chip-based species identification and phenotypic characterization of microorganisms." The patent describes oligonucleotide-based arrays and methods for speciating and phenotyping organisms by using oligonucleotide sequences based on different genes. The groups or species to which an organism belongs may be determined by comparing hybridization patterns of target nucleic acid from the organism to hybridization patterns in a database, according to the patent.

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