Invitrogen and Affymetrix announced last week that Invitrogen has obtained a non-exclusive, worldwide license to a number of Affymetrix patents. Invitrogen — which sells protein arrays and microRNA arrays — will now be allowed to manufacture and sell spotted nucleic acid microarrays in the research field, the companies said in statement.

Of Invitrogen's existing array businesses, the licensing deal with Affy will have the most impact on its epigenetics business, which is built upon its NCode multi-species miRNA microarray platform.

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