A fully integrated Affymetrix GeneChip instrument, comprising a hybridization oven, a fluidics station, and an argon laser gene array scanner with a Microarray Suite workstation is also currently operated as a core facility for users at UBC and scientists in Western Canada.
UBC has entered into an agreement with Affymetrix to purchase chips at a reduced price for academic research. Users at UBC can purchase chips directly from Affymetrix, or through the Wine Research Centre, at the reduced cost.
Dr. Zongli Luo is the manager of this core facility. Human, murine, yeast, E. coli and Arabidopsis arrays are run on a routine basis.