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Book Review


Pyrosequencing Protocols
Edited by Sharon Marsh

This technical book provides in-depth, step-by-step protocols for using pyrosequencing technology. Entries are written by scientists from a number of institutions, including Uppsala University, Washington University School of Medicine, and the University of Pittsburgh, among others. Topics cover everything from the history of pyrosequencing technology to primer applications, methylation analysis, and gene copy number.
Publisher: Humana Press
Publication date: November 17, 2006
ISBN: 1-588-29-645-8

Biochips as Pathways to Drug Discovery
Edited by Andrew Carmen and Gary Hardiman

In this book, editors Carmen and Hardiman delve into the topic of DNA biochips and their uses in the pharmaceutical world. Covering topics such as ChIP-chip studies, SNP analysis, and expression profiling, they and the other contributors look at the use of microarrays to reduce the cost and improve the efficiency of the drug discovery process. Contributors include Francis Barany, Gary Williamson, and Elizabeth Winzeler.
Publisher: CRC Press
Publication date: 2007
ISBN: 1-57444-450-6


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