BioDiscovery received US Patent No. 6,731,781, “System and method for automatically processing microarrays.” The patent covers a digital image-processing system and a method for quantitatively processing the nucleic acids expressed in a microarray. The system includes a scanner that has a digital sensor that scans the microarray and transmits from an output a digital image of the microarray, and a processor that receives the digital image of the microarray from the scanner, and then processes the digital image, identifying each of the microarray’s sub-grids.

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