Applera of Foster City, Calif., received US Patent No. 6,573,089, “Method for using and making a fiber array.” The patent covers a system for mixing chemicals, and describes a device that includes a support plate with a channel for receiving a chemical, and a fiber holding a second chemical. The patent also describes a system for reading the fiber array, a method for manufacturing the array, and a description for its use.

 

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