When Affymetrix reports its fourth-quarter financial results a few weeks from now, the whole microarray industry should give itself a round of applause for a record year, financially speaking.

Affymetrix, the industry leader, is expected to report around $280 million in revenues for the year to round out an estimated $800 million in revenues for the industry in 2003, the biggest year yet for a technology not yet 10 years on the commercial market.

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