US Patent No. 9,308,529

Method of using microfluidic chip for nucleic acid hybridization
Apr 14, 2016

An undisclosed entity has been awarded US Patent No. 9,308,529, "Method of using microfluidic chip for nucleic acid hybridization." Jau-Der Chen and Pei-Tai Chen are named as inventors on the patent.

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