Stanford scientists develop tool to provide deeper analysis of microarray data
- Posted: July 19, 2012
A new software program designed by scientists at the Stanford University School of Medicine enables researchers to see the whole picture of gene expression in a sample. The program, called the Gene Expression Commons, is publicly available. The Gene Expression Commons overcomes an inherent shortcoming of microarray technology: the fact that experimental results are delivered as relative differences in gene expression within individual experiments — like lone melodies — rather than absolute values that can be compared in concert among many samples.
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