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Arrays: Going Like Hotcakes

Today's Wall Street Journal includes an article ($) looking into the growing price war between Affymetrix and Illumina. Citing the value of the current array market as somewhere between $200 million and $350 million with projected growth rates of 25 percent to 40 percent, the WSJ says that as a result of "a big misstep last year," Affy has essentially "handed the hottest part of the market to its nimble young rival, Illumina."

That misstep -- the release of what WSJ calls an "under-tested" 500K SNP chip -- eventually forced Affy to slash prices in an effort to win back the marketshare gained by Illumina in the interim. Sales are already up, and the end result of the skirmish might actually be increased use of arrays on all fronts.


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