Affymetrix received US Patent No. 6,613,527, “Electrochemical denaturation of double-stranded nucleic acid.” The patent covers a process for denaturing native double-stranded nucleic acid material into its individual strands by using an electrode to apply voltage to nucleic acid material, and a compound such as methyl viologen. The process may be used in the detection of nucleic acid by hybridizing with a labeled probe or in the amplification of DNA by a polymerase chain reaction or ligase chain reaction.

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