Date: 13 Mar 2009

Introduction: Cell-Based Assays for High-Throughput Screening

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Cell-based assays represent approximately half of all high-throughput screens (HTS) currently performed. Here we review the history and status of HTS, and summarize some of the challenges and benefits associated with the use of cell-based assays in HTS, drawing upon themes that will reemerge in subsequent chapters in this book. Approaches for successful experimental design and execution of cell-based HTS are introduced, including strategies for assay development, implementation of primary and secondary screens, and target identification. In doing so, we hope to provide a comprehensive review of the cell-based HTS process and an introduction to the methodologies and techniques described in this book.