RoboDesign International of Carlsbad, Calif., has received US Patent No. 7,025,933, "Microarray dispensing with real-time verification and inspection." The patent claims a microarrayer for spotting solution onto a receiving surface via an automated microarray dispensing device. The patented invention claims at least one dispense head for spotting the receiving surface, at least one light source capable of illuminating the receiving surface, and at least one camera operating in conjunction with the one light source.

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