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LabMAP-based systems use internally dyed fluorescent microspheres to analyze as many as 100 different analytes concurrently.

Today's competitive, high-paced research environment has stimulated the development of a host of approaches for rapid, cost-efficient analyses of large numbers of samples. In keeping with this trend, methods for simultaneously analyzing multiple species in a given sample have also been devised. Multiplexed assays are now a mainstay of the DNA world. For example, real-time PCR and in situ hybridization techniques can be multiplexed through the use of multiple fluorophores. Although not as well known, methods for simultaneously assaying different proteins in individual samples are also on the market. This overview highlights several commercially available systems for multiplexed protein analyses, with a focus on bead-based methodologies that employ fluorescent detection methods.

The versatile laboratory multianalyte profiling (LabMAP™) system...

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