Agilent Technologies now claims its comparative genomic hybridization arrays can be used for single-cell analysis.

Anniek De Witte, Agilent's technical marketing manager for cytogenetics, said the firm's approach could be used in "clinical research applications where there are only a handful of cells." For example, tumor samples are "so heterogeneous, that it is important to look at one cell at a time," she said.

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