The Northwest microarray conference, held in Seattle earlier this month, was like a mug of hot black coffee–deep brewed science, but without the creamy PowerPoint product pitches. Overall, the talks focused on how scientists in academic and private labs are taking microarrays to the next step by optimizing reagents, sample prep, and experiment design, and are going beyond simple data clustering to integrate microarray with biological and clinical data.

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