This story has been updated to include comments from Roche.

By Justin Petrone

Merck will use Roche's microarray-based AmpliChip p53 test for research purposes, Roche Molecular Systems said last week.

The collaboration is the first time Roche will make the AmpliChip p53 test available to an external partner, according to a Roche spokesperson. The company has used the assay internally in its own research programs, the spokesperson told BioArray News this week.

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