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Curr Opin Plant Biol. 2000 Apr;3(2):108-16.

Chasing the dream: plant EST microarrays.

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Department of Plant Biology, Carnegie Institution of Washington, Stanford 94305, USA. Todd@Andrew2.Stanford.Edu


DNA microarray technology is poised to make an important contribution to the field of plant biology. Stimulated by recent funding programs, expressed sequence tag sequencing and microarray production either has begun or is being contemplated for most economically important plant species. Although the DNA microarray technology is still being refined, the basic methods are well established. The real challenges lie in data analysis and data management. To fully realize the value of this technology, centralized databases that are capable of storing microarray expression data and managing information from a variety of sources will be needed. These information resources are under development and will help usher in a new era in plant functional genomics.

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