Austrian tools vendor Tecan announced this week that Arizona State University researchers have acquired one of its hybridization systems and two of its scanners for the purpose of processing protein microarrays.

The HS 4800 Pro automated hyb station and two of Tecan's PowerScanner units were placed in the Virginia G. Piper Center for Personalized Diagnostics at ASU's Biodesign Institute. Joshua LaBaer, director of the center, said in a statement that the instruments will be used to synthesize proteins for analysis.

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