The genotyping array, specifically designed for the Green Super Rice project, reflects an unprecedented effort by the rice community to leverage over 20 million SNP markers that were discovered in the 3000 Rice Genomes Project. This array uses a novel SNP genotyping marker screening process to screen more than 2 million selected rice SNP markers to identify relevant and valuable markers with high accuracy and precision.A subset of the 2 million markers identified on the rice screening genotyping array will be transferred with 100 percent accuracy onto the Axiom 384HT-format to create the new array. This new Axiom GSR Rice Array, consisting of approximately 55,000 markers, will enable ultra high-throughput processing and analysis of 384 samples simultaneously and will be used to screen thousands of samples in a highly cost-effective manner. "We are pleased to be able to support the goals of the Green Super Rice Project to help the rice community develop new varieties, address the needs of rice breeders, and to help achieve self-sustainable rice production and food security," said Laurent Bellon, Ph.D., senior vice president and general manager, Genotyping Business Unit at Affymetrix. "The superior array design, bioinformatics and software capabilities available with the Axiom platform are playing a key role in advancing multiple agriculture projects around the world. Affymetrix is committed to meet the agricultural community's needs with advanced technologies that are practical, easy to use, and cost effective." With Affymetrix' advanced bioinformatics and innovative design strategies, Axiom genotyping array designs routinely support genome-wide genotyping applications and accurately call the genotypes of both diploid and polyploid species. To learn more about the Axiom genotyping platform, please visit www.affymetrix.com/agrigenotyping for applications in agrigenomics. About Green Super Rice Project "Green Super Rice for the Resources-Poor of Africa and Asia" is a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-funded rice research project with the aim to develop Green Super Rice (GSR) varieties that produce high and stable yields under low-inputs and to transfer corresponding crop management technology to the resources-poor rice farmers in fifteen countries across Africa and Asia and four Southwestern provinces in China. The GSR project's mission is to help achieve self-sustainable rice production and food security in the target countries and regions. Find out more at http://gsr.org.cn/ About Affymetrix Affymetrix provides leadership and support, partnering with customers in pharmaceutical, diagnostic, and biotechnology companies, as well as leading academic, government, and non-profit research institutes in their quest to use biology for a better world. More than 2,300 microarray systems have been shipped around the world and more than 94,000 peer-reviewed papers have been published citing Affymetrix technologies. Affymetrix is headquartered in Santa Clara, California, and has manufacturing facilities in Cleveland, San Diego, Vienna, and Singapore. Affymetrix has about 1,100 employees and maintains sales and distribution operations worldwide. For more information about Affymetrix, please visit www.affymetrix.com Forward-looking statements All statements in this press release that are not historical are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act as amended, including statements regarding Affymetrix' "expectations," "beliefs," "hopes," "intentions," "strategies," or the like. Such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially for Affymetrix from those projected. These and other risk factors are discussed in Affymetrix' Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014, and other SEC reports for subsequent quarterly periods.
PLEASE NOTE: Affymetrix, the Affymetrix logo, and Axiom trademarks are the property of Affymetrix, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.