Nanogen of San Diego, has received US Patent No. 6,960,298, "Mesoporous permeation layers for use on active electronic matrix devices." The ptanet claims synthetic polymer hydrogel permeation layers for use on active electronic matrix devices for biological assays. The permeation layers have a defined porous character, with mesopores in a size range between about 100 nanometers and about 1000 nanometers, and may also have micropores in the micrometer size range, the patent's abstract states.

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