This article has been updated to include comments from Affymetrix.

The strong demand Illumina has seen for its family of exome arrays apparently took the company by surprise, an Illumina executive said last week.

Moreover, the firm now believes that the majority of projects run on its BeadChips will move to focused arrays, such as its exome chips, and away from the genome-wide screening tools that have been popular in the past, said Christian Henry, general manager of Illumina's genomic solutions business.

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