Spurred on by demand for its new array-based applications and what it calls a "transition phase" in the marketplace for gene expression, Agilent is preparing to make higher-density arrays available for customers as soon as the second quarter of 2006.

According to Scott Cole, Agilent's marketing director of microarrays, the company will quadruple the amount of features printed on its standard 3' X 1' slides, from the current limit of 44,000 features per chip to 185,000 features per array, by early next year.

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