Zebrafish cDNA microarray

Michael Lardelli michael.lardelli at adelaide.edu.au
Tue May 8 09:58:49 EST 2001

Dear Zebrafish community,

I need your help to assess the level of interest in the zebrafish
community for a microarray of zebrafish cDNAs.

For the past few months I have been negotiating with a couple of 
organizations in Australia for the production of a micorarray of 
10,000 zebrafish cDNAs. The array would be made from a 
normalized library of cDNAs corresponding to the 5' ends of 
transcripts. (The cDNAs are 0.5 - 1 kb in length and are produced 
by a novel method that we have developed.) Initially the identity of 
the clones on the array would be unknown but we will probably pay 
for up to 1000 of them to be sequenced ourselves and, if users 
identified interesting clones, they could ask to have them 
sequenced themselves. Anyway, just when everything seemed 
rosy and we appeared to have found support from a funding body to 
pay the Australian Genome Research Facility to make the 
microarray, the supporting fund (a "charity") changed its policy to 
one of cost recovery and now wants to know that it will eventually 
get its money back by sales of the microarrays!  

The only way to save the day is to see whether there is sufficient 
demand out there (internationally) to make the fund feel confident 
that it will eventually get its money back. What I need to know from 
you is whether, if the microarray described above were available, 
would you be interested in purchasing it and how many would you 
purchase per year?  

The microarrays would probably cost around Australian$200 each to
purchase (= US$100 each).

I am not looking for commitments, just expressions of probable 
interest. Please send your replies ASAP!  


Michael Lardelli
Michael Lardelli
Department of Molecular Biosciences
Discipline of Genetics and
   Special Research Centre for the
   Molecular Genetics of Development
Adelaide University

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