Democratizers of the DNA Array

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Few would argue that today’s leading manufacturers of DNA microarrays, or “chips,” have much in common with mail order clothing companies like Land’s End or Eddie Bauer. But if chip manufacturer ProtoGene has its way, that will change next year when the Menlo Park company begins to offer a service it calls “chips at your doorstep.” Almost as easily as one can log onto a retailer’s website, enter neck size, hem and sleeve lengths, and have clothing delivered by Fedex, researchers will be able to log onto ProtoGene’s website any time of day and order microarray chips.

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