Affymetrix received US Patent No. 6,554,986, “Capillary array electrophoresis scanner.” The patent covers a confocal fluorescence scanner that can detect analytes separated on over 1,000 capillaries simultaneously. This system uses a confocal microscope objective and mirror assembly that rotates inside a vertical ring of capillaries to provide rapid and efficient excitation and detection in four colors of fluorescently labeled fragments separated within a cylindrical capillary array.

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