NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Affymetrix has filed its CytoScan cytogenetics platform with the US Food and Drug Administration, a company official said at the Leerink Swann Global Healthcare Conference yesterday.

"We have ... completed the CytoScan filing with the FDA," Affy CFO Tim Barabe said at the conference. "So it's in the works, it's with them.

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