The mission of every Infectious Awareables tie is to generate interest, discussion, even excitement about serious public health issues such as this silk Micro Array tie in black. Believing that humor can be a powerful educational tool, Infectious Awareables neckties take an atypical, slightly irreverent approach to some very serious subjects. Shop and take pride in knowing that a portion of the proceeds will be donated to disease research/education. "Start the Conversation!" MicroArray. Go ahead, express your genes! For the diagnostically driven, we present the world's most fashionable diagnostic "tool." MicroArrays are diagnostic tests that provide biological information through gene expression analysis. The colors represent levels of gene activity used to understand and diagnose human disease. The good news is that you don't need to be a gene detective to appreciate this colorful and very tasteful complement to your wardrobe. Design based on Dr. Mark Shena's pioneering work at Stanford University, first published in 1995. A back-of-tie "Awareness Note" and a source citation are incorporated in the pattern design, which reads: "MICROARRAYS are diagnostic tests that provide biological information through gene expression analysis. The colors represent levels of gene activity used to understand and diagnose human disease. This design reflects a pioneering step in the merging of biology with high technology." "Original data contributed by Dr. Mark Schena based on research conducted at Stanford University. Design assistance by Paul Haje and reprinted courtesy of Science magazine." Note: IA contributes a portion of proceeds to research, education or support associated with important non-profit public health agencies and organizations.