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ArrayD: A general purpose software for Microarray design

Anu Sharma, Gyan Prakash Srivastava, Vineet K Sharma and Srinivasan Ramachandran*

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Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (CSIR), Mall Road, Delhi 110 007, India

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BMC Bioinformatics 2004, 5:142  doi:10.1186/1471-2105-5-142

Published: 2 October 2004



Microarray is a high-throughput technology to study expression of thousands of genes in parallel. A critical aspect of microarray production is the design aimed at space optimization while maximizing the number of gene probes and their replicates to be spotted.


We have developed a software called 'ArrayD' that offers various alternative design solutions for an array given a set of user requirements. The user feeds the following inputs: type of source plates to be used, number of gene probes to be printed, number of replicates and number of pins to be used for printing. The solutions are stored in a text file. The choice of a design solution to be used will be governed by the spotting chemistry to be used and the accuracy of the robot.


ArrayD is a software for standard cartesian robots. The software aids users in preparing a judicious and elegant design. ArrayD is universally applicable and is available at webcite.