developmental biology, array, genes
Microarrays offer biologists comprehensive and powerful tools to analyze the involvement of genes in developmental processes at an unprecedented scale. Microarrays that employ defined sequences will permit us to elucidate genetic relationships and responses, while those that employ undefined DNA sequences (ESTs, cDNA, or genomic libraries) will help us to discover new genes, relate them to documented gene networks, and examine the way in which genes (and the process that they themselves control) are regulated. With access to broad new avenues of research come strategic and logistical headaches, most of which are embodied in the reams of data that are created over the course of an experiment. The solutions to these problems have provided interesting computational tools, which will allow us to compile huge data sets and to construct a genome-wide view of development. We are on the threshold of a new vista of possibilities where we might consider in comprehensive and yet specific detail, for example, the degree to which diverse organisms utilize similar genetic networks to achieve similar ends. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science Inc. All rights reserved.
Ali, Adnan and Crawford, Michael J., "Developmental biology: an array of new possibilities" (2002). Biotechnology Advances, 20, 5, 363-378.