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UMaine Today Magazine

On the Cover

January / February 2005

January / February 2005 Cover
Photo courtesy of
The Jackson Laboratory

A highly stylized image of a microarray pattern revealed using lasers, a special microscope and a camera. DNA microarray technology offers a close-up look at the building blocks of life. A microarray up to half a million tiny spots of DNA on a half-inch-square glass slide, silicon chip or nylon membrane is a scientific tool with which scientists can simultaneously analyze the expression or "on switch" of essentially all the genes found in a genome.

Determining how specific genes function will help scientists better understand their role in disease development. This technology is used by researchers in the Functional Genomics Ph.D. Program, profiled in the story, "Inner Workings."







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