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Illumina's ar-ray of sunshine

Once a little fish among array manufacturers, Illumina Inc. has become one of the leaders in the field of genetic tools. The company removed a potential obstacle to its continued growth last week, agreeing to pay $90 million to settle patent infringement litigation brought by Affymetrix Inc.

The companies are direct competitors in the genetic analysis marketplace, and have been litigating ever since Affymetrix filed suit in July 2004 alleging infringement

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