In the latest sign that toxicology is a hot area for gene expression analysis tools, CuraGen and Bayer announced last week that they have developed a microarray-based assay to screen compounds for liver toxicity in vitro. The assay is the first fruit of an 18-month research collaboration that goes beyond the toxicology arena. “What we intend to do is identify toxic compounds much earlier, so we spend less money on optimizing compounds,” said Werner Kroll, vice president of technology collaborations at Bayer.

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