Illumina has begun shipping two Sentrix BeadChips, which allow whole-genome and RefSeq-based expression profiling of multiple samples on the same microarray, the company said this week. The Sentrix Human-6 BeadChip is designed to analyze six discrete human RNA samples on one chip, interrogating more than 46,000 transcripts per sample, and it contains more than 10 million features, Illumina said. The Sentrix HumanRef-8 BeadChip can query eight samples in parallel against 23,000 transcripts derived from the RefSeq database, the company added.

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