Affymetrix has received US Patent No. 8,501,122, "Manufacturing and processing polymer arrays." The patent provides methods for making and using plates that host sensors, such as high-density oligonucleotide microarrays. The methods include selecting a substrate containing sensors, aligning the substrate to the plate, and attaching it to the plate. Moduled sensor plates, capable of hosting strips of microarrays, are also provided. The plates can be inserted into processing plates, including hybridization, washing, staining, and detection plates, according to the patent.

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