Sunday, Nov. 16, 2003

Genome Chip

Inventor: Affymetrix

Every cell in your body contains a copy of your entire genetic makeup—some 50,000 known genes and gene variants. But to make that information useful to scientists who are trying to identify genetic markers for cancer and develop drugs that target specific genes, a tool was needed to isolate each gene and make it easily identifiable. The new GeneChip from Affymetrix does just that. While previous chips each contained a portion of the human genome, the GeneChip is the first to fit the whole thing on one.

Availability: Now, $300 to $500
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