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Trends Biotechnol. 2002 Jan;20(1):9-12.

Suspension array technology: evolution of the flat-array paradigm.

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National Flow Cytometry Resource, Bioscience Division, M-888, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM 87545, USA. nolan@telomere.lanl.gov

Abstract

Suspension arrays of microspheres analyzed using flow cytometry offer a new approach to multiplexed assays for large-scale screening applications. By optically encoding micron-sized polymer particles, suspension microarrays can be created to enable highly multiplexed analysis of complex samples. Each element in the array is comprised of a subpopulation of particles with distinct optical properties and each array element bears a different surface receptor. Nucleic acids, proteins, lipids or carbohydrates can serve as receptors to support the analysis of a wide range of biomolecular assemblies, and applications in genomic and proteomic research are being developed. Coupled with recent innovations for rapid serial analysis of samples, molecular analysis with microsphere arrays holds significant potential as a general analysis platform for both research and clinical applications.

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