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Millipore of Billerica, Mass., has received US Patent No. 7,618,592, "Detachable engageable microarray plate liner." The patent provides a plate liner for controlling pendant drop formation. The plate liner is configured to engage onto a specific pre-defined microarray such that the force required to manually detach it from the microarray is substantially less than the force that would result in the disengagement, fracturing, division, or otherwise separation of the complementary array of wells and underdrains that constitute the microarray.

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