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Current Clinical and Pharmaceutical Applications of Microarrays: From Disease Biomarkers Discovery to Automated Diagnostics

Adriana Lagraulet*
INNOPSYS, Parc d’Activite´s Activestre, Carbonne, France

Abstract

Microarrays used for measuring chromosomal aberrations in genomic DNA and for defining gene expression patterns have become almost routine. A microarray consists of an arrayed series of microscopic spots each containing either DNA or protein molecules known as feature reporters. Advances in microarray fabrication and in feature detection systems, such as highresolution scanners and their associated software, lead to high-throughput screening of the genome or the transcriptome of a cell or a group of cells in only few days. Despite the potential of high-density microarrays, several problems about data interpretation are still to be solved. In addition, targeted microarrays are shown to be useful tools for rapid and accurate diagnosis of diseases. The aim of this review was to discuss the impact of microarrays on different application levels from the definition of disease biomarkers to pharmaceutical and clinical diagnostics.

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