NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) — Illumina may be the dominant microarray vendor but that hasn't stopped some from pondering the future of its BeadChip business given the San Diego company's focus on next-generation sequencing.

During a presentation at Bank of America Merrill Lynch's Healthcare Conference in Las Vegas last week, analysts asked CEO Jay Flatley about Illumina's intentions for its array business, which continues to register single-digit quarterly growth even as it has been overshadowed by Illumina's activities in the sequencing market.

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