Genomic platforms and clinical research

Authored by: Alberto Cambrosio , Etienne Vignola-Gagné , Nicole Nelson , Peter Keating , Pascale Bourret

Handbook of Genomics, Health and Society

Print publication date:  April  2018
Online publication date:  April  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138211957
eBook ISBN: 9781315451695
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Scientists and clinicians increasingly use the term ‘platform’ to describe various facets of their work. Found on average in 23 titles/year of PubMed-indexed articles during the 1990s, this number rose to 248 during the first decade of the new century, and to 1,066 in the subsequent six years. A textual analysis of post-2000 titles shows that the term most frequently co-occurs with terms related to advanced, high-throughput (‘omics’) or biomedical imaging technologies. In this sense, platforms refer to technologies dependent upon sophisticated instruments, including computer equipment, bioinformatics tools, and biological reagents. The term is also used as a synonym for ‘core facilities’ – collections of equipment shared by researchers from one or more institutions.

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