SAN FRANCISCO — No one comes out and says it, but at shows such as Cambridge Healthtech Institute’s High-Content Analysis conference held here last week, scientists inevitably just want to hear the bottom line from other scientists: How was your experience with a particular company’s screening platform?

But just how fair these assessments are is up for debate. In many instances, especially in a nascent field such as high-content cellular analysis, direct comparisons might not always tell the whole story.

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