Agilent Technologies received US Patent No. 6,740,871, “Scanning system with calibrated detection and method.” The patent covers a self-calibrating scanning system for analyzing biomolecules on a microarray. The system comprises an excitation light source — with a highly reproducible or calibrated light based on a pre-selected or reference light level — an optical portion, a detection portion, and a calibration portion that includes a calibration apparatus and a compensation portion. The calibration apparatus emits light that is measured.

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