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Array-A-Lizer: A serial DNA microarray quality analyzer

Andreas Petri*, Jan Fleckner and Mads Wichmann Matthiessen

Author Affiliations

Department of Molecular Genetics, Novo Nordisk A/S, Bagsværd, 2880, Denmark

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BMC Bioinformatics 2004, 5:12  doi:10.1186/1471-2105-5-12

Published: 9 February 2004

Abstract

Background

The proliferate nature of DNA microarray results have made it necessary to implement a uniform and quick quality control of experimental results to ensure the consistency of data across multiple experiments prior to actual data analysis.

Results

Array-A-Lizer is a small and convenient stand-alone tool providing the necessary initial analysis of hybridization quality of an unlimited number of microarray experiments. The experiments are analyzed for even hybridization across the slide and between fluorescent dyes in two-color experiments in spotted DNA microarrays.

Conclusions

Array-A-Lizer allows the expedient determination of the quality of multiple DNA microarray experiments allowing for a rapid initial screening of results before progressing to further data analysis. Array-A-Lizer is directed towards speed and ease-of-use allowing both the expert and non-expert microarray researcher to rapidly assess the quality of multiple microarray hybridizations. Array-A-Lizer is available from the Internet as both source code and as a binary installation package.