Affymetrix executives in recent weeks have predicted that the firm's agreement with the UK Biobank to genotype its 500,000-sample collection on its Axiom platform could sway other biorepositories to choose its arrays for similar projects.

That appears to have been the case in the decision of BioProcessing Solutions Alliance to use the Santa Clara, Calif.-based microarray vendor's chips to genotype 100,000 samples on behalf of the US Department of Veterans Affairs as part of the VA's Million Veteran Program.

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