While genome-wide RNAi-based screens remain a popular gene-discovery tool, an increasing number of researchers are using the technology in a more focused manner, often in conjunction other genomic approaches.

Though the data that result from these kinds of narrower screens tend to be more manageable than those that are generated from genome-scale ones, both kinds of studies present similar pitfalls that can stymie investigators' efforts to make sense of their findings.

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