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Affymetrix has received US Patent No. 7,745,091, "Miniaturized microparticles." The patent describes an encoded microparticle, as well as a set of encoded microparticles with distinguishable codes, where the codes comply with a predetermined coding scheme. According to the patent, the encoded microparticles are no longer than 50 microns, and contain segments that are arranged to form a spatial code that is detectable through the outer surface using reflected light, transmitted light, emitted light, magnetic field, visible light, ultraviolet light, and fluorescence imaging.

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