Profiling formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded (FFPE) samples on three Agilent microarray platforms
Poster Aug 20, 2009
Thousands of formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded (FFPE) samples from clinical archives are available for retrospective studies. Such samples could provide crucial information for drug target discovery and diagnostics of various diseases. Here we used FFPE samples and their matched fresh-frozen (FF) counterparts to examine their performance on three types of microarrays including whole genome expression, comparative genomic hybridization (CGH) and microRNA.
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