I was wondering if anyone has any views on microarrays used in diagnostic purposes. I have to do product development proposal as part of my degree, and since the area i'm researching is pretty limited in developing a product, i (read 'my supervisor') got to choose something else, and I (my supervisor) got this great idea of using a microarray to test breast tumour samples for a two gene expression ratio.
I think microarrays make really pretty colours, and there's a really big book with lots of pretty pictures on my desk... yeah, anyway. The idea of developing a microarray to test the expression of two genes that may influence the way cancer is treated seems pretty interesting. Unfortunately, i don't think it would really take off. I've got this idea that microarrays are really expensive and big, and difficult to understand...pretty colours.
What do you think about microarrays for diagnostic purposes? If you could change them in anyway, what would you do?
Don't be constrained by logic and the actual limitations that these machines have. This is a perfect world... Complain about their limitations!!! ie.. Make the reader in pastel pink, and the box of reagents comes with a free bottle of perfume....and a magic monkey that makes coffee... or that uses FFPE samples, and has a CD that explains those pretty colours.
Edited by vetticus3, 28 September 2004 - 09:00 PM.