cDNA Microarrays

  • Phillip G. Febbo
Part of the Springer Protocols Handbooks book series (SPH)

1. Background and Theory of cDNA Microarrays

1.1. Overview

Clinicians and scientists are limited in their ability to understand human disease and cellular biology by the technologies available to measure the state of the organism or cell. For millennia, scientists have studied human biology and disease based on anatomical observations; for centuries, decisions have been based on microscopic observations, and over the past several decades, decisions have been based on the status of specific genes associated with disease. In the mid-1990s, cDNA microarray technology emerged that simultaneously measured the expression of thousands of genes (1, 2, 3, 4, 5) These expression micro-arrays have rapidly evolved to cover most of the 34,000 genes in the human genome (6) and now offer clinicians and scientists an unprecedented level of detail through which they can observe human disease and cellular biology.

The central position of gene expression in cellular homeostasis makes it a provocative...


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Phillip G. Febbo
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  1. 1.Duke Institute for Genome Science and Policy, Departments of Medicine and Molecular Genetics and MicrobiologyDuke UniversityDurham

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