The US Department of Health and Human Services has received US Patent No. 6,699,710, “Tumor tissue micro-arrays for rapid molecular profiling,” for an invention by Olli Kallioniemi, Juha Kononen, and Stephen Leighton of the National Human Genome Research Institute. The patent covers an array technology for profiling human tumors that consists of “hundreds of cylindrical tissue biopsies” 0.6 mm in diameter from different tumor regions arrayed in a paraffin blocks. These tissue arrays are designed for gene copy number and expression profiling of tumors.

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