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Tomas A Prolla

Editor's Note: To keep up with topical research trends, LabConsumer continues to address various aspects of microarray technology in 2000. "Array of Options" (May 29, 2000) described the features of commercially available systems for arraying, scanning, and analyzing microarrays, and an upcoming issue (Sept. 4, 2000) will profile the growing variety of premade arrays for various applications. To gain further access to this burgeoning field, LabConsumer entered the labs of two promising young investigators pursuing careers centered on this powerful technology.

Mere mention of the word "microarray" is enough to land papers in elite research journals and send day traders scrambling. Why all the fuss? Researchers in the field say it best: "The appeal of studying thousands of genes at the same time as opposed to focusing on one gene or pathway attracted me right from the beginning," remarks Tomas A. Prolla, assistant professor...

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