The goal of the EuroBiochips meeting, which opened Tuesday at the Berlin Hilton, appeared similar to that of the German World Cup spectators who huddled around televisions in the hotel lobby: to advance to the next level.

Instead of the usual array of pitches for basic DNA chips, the first day of the meeting focused on how to improve sample preparation, and novel approaches to DNA and protein array chemistry and biochemistry.

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