With the announcement last week that gene expression analysis firm Molecular Mining has ceased operations, other similar small software firms got a wake-up call.

Although microarray analysis is often cited as the quickest growth area for bioinformatics software, Molecular Mining’s closure serves as evidence that companies selling gene expression software and related services are not immune to the challenges that the rest of the commercial bioinformatics sector has struggled with over the last few years.

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