The French Commission of Atomic Energy received US Patent No. 6,510,237, “System for determining the concentration of a substance mixed with a fluorophor, its method of implementation.” The patent covers a reader used in analysis of the Micam-brand DNA chips produced by the commission’s Laboratory of Electronics, Technology and Instrumentation (LETI). The technology determines the concentration of a substance mixed with a fluorophor and contained in an electrically addressable matrix on a reflective carrier.

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