The project that Illumina, Inc. has assigned to the team is to find a way to decode 100,000 elements (i.e. SNP, gene, protein) on an array. Beads are randomly assembled onto a fiber optic array and decoding is the process of determining where each bead type has settled. The project will involve using the KGI core microarray lab to test our decoding ideas on a slide array. The challenge is increasing the number of elements that can be put onto a BeadArray, because right now only about 2000 elements can be decoded. This will enable Illumina to allow higher throughput for their expression arrays.
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