Agilent Technologies of Palo Alto, Calif., has received US Patent No. 7,022,157, "Devices and methods for performing array based assays." The patent claims devices and methods for performing an array assay, including a degassing zone that includes a gas permeable membrane. The patent also claims array assemblies that include a degassing zone positioned on an array substrate, as well as a method for contacting an array with a sample under conditions sufficient to perform an array assay, where the contacting step further includes degassing the sample.

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