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IconoClust, Microarray Database of Gene Expression (MADGE)


Clondiag chip technologies of Jena, Germany, has released IconoClust, an array imaging software that allows automated analysis of both individual array images and groups of array images. The software allows users to import files from an arraying system, such as *.gal files, and to use them. The software includes an image browser that enables rapid import and processing of images. The data processing script for analysis of images can be modified or generated by the user, the company said. The software includes interfaces that can integrate it with other databases including laboratory information management systems. The software is available for download and a free one-month test from the company’s website, ?jump=products. For a fee of $400 or €420, the software can also be licensed for an unlimited time.

Richard McIndoe, a professor of pathology at the University of Florida College of Medicine, and his staff at the department’s microarray facility, have developed a Microarray Database of Gene Expression, (MADGE). The database uses a three-tier client server model. The first tier includes a relational database system, SQL Server v. 7.0. The second layer is an object-oriented data services layer, in the form of a distributed COM server, that enables access to the underlying database tables. The third layer is an internet-based user interface. The system will be available for the academic community to license within a month. Information about MADGE will be available at resources/software.htm.


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