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Affymetrix has received US Patent Number 6,333,155, “Exploiting genomics in the search for new drugs.” The patent covers the use of high-density oligonucleotide probe arrays (read, GeneChips) to monitor changes in mRNA levels in cells treated with drug or therapeutic candidate compounds, in comparison to un-treated cells, in order to determine how the drug affects gene expression and to discover compounds with potentially useful therapeutic affects.


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