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OMICS. 2007 Spring;11(1):1-13.

Microarray data quality - review of current developments.

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LGC Ltd, Teddington, United Kingdom.


DNA microarray technologies have evolved rapidly to become a key high-throughput technology for the simultaneous measurement of the relative expression levels of thousands of individual genes. However, despite the widespread adoption of DNA microarray technology, there remains considerable uncertainty and scepticism regarding data obtained using these technologies. Comparing results from seemingly identical experiments from different laboratories or even from different days can prove challenging; these challenges increase further when data from different array platforms need to be compared. To comply with emerging regulations, the quality of the data generated from array experiments needs to be clearly demonstrated. This review describes several initiatives that aim to improve confidence in data generated by array experiments, including initiatives to develop standards for data reporting and storage, external spike-in controls, quality control procedures, best practice guidelines, and quality metrics.

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