If the demise of Molecular Mining two weeks ago wasn’t enough of a warning for smaller microarray software vendors that their days may be numbered, a recent round of product launches in the sector should drive the point home. In a strategic departure from the shrink-wrapped software model typical of many firms in the space, both Spotfire and statistics veteran Insightful are introducing flexible and extensible platform-based microarray analysis systems that can evolve in step with the quickly changing needs of their users.

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