About this book
In situ hybridization is now recognized as an important technique in many areas of molecular biological research and its associated cli- cal studies. There is very little doubt that the applications of this te- nique will multiply in coming years since older methods are rapidly superseded by newer ones that enable the investigation of even more sophisticated biological questions and clinical problems. For the n- ice, there should thus be a sense of urgency to acquire and extend the range of this technique in order not to miss out on the large body of information that can result from its application. During the explosive growth phase of most technical innovations, such knowledge is dif- cult to acquire systematically. The aim of In Situ Hybridization Pro- cols then is to bring together a wide range of detailed laboratory protocols covering different areas of the in situ hybridization technique in order to assist such workers in rapidly advancing toward this goal. With this aim in mind, each of the protocol chapters opens with a detailed Materials section, and an easy-to-follow Methods section. Many readers will find the section headed Notes particularly useful. This s- tion contains an abundance of information and troubleshooting tips that come straight from the horse's mouth, and that are not often given in the restricted methods sections of standard research publications. For this reason, the book should also appeal to experienced workers wi- ing to add new methods to their repertoires.