Lacking Parakeet and Opossum Microarrays, Researchers Try Cross-Species Hybridization | GenomeWeb

When University of Idaho biologist Kristen Carlberg wanted to study the effect of oxidative stress on budgerigar, or parakeet, genes in comparison to Japanese quail genes, she couldn’t call up Affymetrix and order some prefabricated GeneChips for overnight delivery. “Nobody has microarrays made with budgerigar genes,” Carlberg said in a presentation to the second annual Northwest Microarray Conference in Seattle.

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