Automated tissue assay using standardized chemicals and packages

  • US 6,594,537 B1
  • Filed: 04/28/1998
  • Issued: 07/15/2003
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/05/1991
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A method of subjecting at least two test samples to different tests, each test having steps, each of the steps having an assigned minimum and maximum processing time, said method comprising the steps of:

  • determining the steps for each of the at least two test samples;

    comparing the steps for the at least two test samples to identify at least one time conflict;

    adjusting a processing time of at least one of the steps within a range of the minimum and maximum processing time using an iterative optimization method in order to resolve each of the at least one time conflict;

    determining an ordering of execution of the steps of the at least two test samples based on the adjustment of the processing time of the at least one of the steps; and

    generating commands based on the ordering of execution of the steps.

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