As researchers have been running microarray experiments with smaller and smaller amounts of starting material, protocols for preparing and amplifying sufficient RNA have flourished.

Earlier this month, for example, NuGen Technologies launched a new RNA amplification and labeling kit, called Ovation Biotin System, which its says requires only five nanograms of RNA as starting material. Affymetrix, Ambion, Arcturus, and others also offer RNA amplification tools.

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