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Academic Innovations
November 3, 2004

Tool Helps Cancer Scientists Mine Genes

JAMA. 2004;292(17):2073. doi:10.1001/jama.292.17.2073

When DNA microarrays first came on the research scene some 10 years ago, researchers predicted that the devices, which can screen for the activity of thousands of genes simultaneously, would be essential to understanding the roles played by specific genes in cancer and other diseases. Today, data from thousands of DNA microarray studies are available for scientists to peruse.

But researchers trying to mine this mother lode of information can have a difficult time sifting through the mass of published microarray data to find meaningful nuggets of information. Some help is on the way, however—at least for scientists interested in cancer microarrays—in the form of a new tool called Oncomine (http://www.oncomine.org).