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Medical News and Perspectives
January 8, 2003

John Quackenbush Talks About the Clinical Promise of Genetic Microarrays

JAMA. 2003;289(2):159-163. doi:10.1001/jama.289.2.159

Rockville, Md—Much like the giant Homer Simpson Pez dispenser in his office, John Quackenbush, PhD, dispenses tasty tidbits when he opens his mouth.

"The most expensive thing you can do is not collect data," he tells a reporter touring laboratories at The Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR). While describing how two robots print postage stamp-sized glass slides—called gene chips or microarrays—with tens of thousands of gene fragments, Quackenbush explains the aphorism.

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