Hitachi High-Technologies has been awarded US Patent No. 8,574,891, "Nucleic acid analyzer, automatic analyzer, and analysis method."

Kohshi Maeda, Masato Ishizawa, Minoru Sano, and Hironori Kaji are named as inventors.

Discloses a nucleic acid analyzer which includes a transport mechanism to move a reaction container to an incubation mechanism in a pre-determined order, allowing reactions to be run simultaneously even when assays involve different temperatures or different reaction or detection times, or detection intervals.

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