Predictions and Changes


It’s a prediction we’ve all heard before: when sequencing got cheap enough, prognosticators said, scientists would abandon their microarrays entirely. We’d all be using chip scanners for doorstops.

In our cover story, we follow up on that prediction to see if arrays really are spiraling into obsolescence. It turns out that while next-gen sequencing has taken away — apps like ChIP appear set for a sequencer-only world — it has also given, creating demand for arrays in new sample prep and validation techniques.

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