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Bioinformatics. 2003 Sep 22;19(14):1844-5.

An XML message broker framework for exchange and integration of microarray data.

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  • 1UCSF Department of Radiology, 505 Parnassus Avenue, Box 0628, San Francisco, CA 94143-0628, USA.



Microarrays are an important research tool for the advancement of basic biological sciences. However this technology has yet to be integrated with clinical decision making. We have implemented an information framework based on the Microarray Gene Expression Markup Language (MAGE-ML) specification. We are using this framework to develop a test-bed integrated database application to identify genomic and imaging markers for diagnosis of breast cancer.


We developed extensible software architecture for retrieving data from different microarray databases using MAGE-ML and for combining microarray data with breast cancer image analysis and clinical data for correlation studies. The framework we developed will provide the necessary data integration to move microarray research from basic biological sciences to clinical applications.


Open source software will be available from SourceForge (

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