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Science  21 Jun 1996:
Vol. 272, Issue 5269, pp. 1736-1738
DOI: 10.1126/science.272.5269.1736


The reams of data pouring in from genome projects render traditional gene-by-gene methods of analysis too slow for impatient geneticists. So researchers are designing a new generation of genome-probing techniques—ranging from laboratory screens to computer programs—to handle whole batches of genes simultaneously. Such industrial-strength approaches allow researchers to rapidly learn what genes actually do, and to ask new questions about entire genomes. Potential applications range from cancer research to DNA forensics.