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January 01, 2010 (Vol. 30, No. 1)


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It is very fitting that GenePattern is the brainchild of Harvard and MIT’s Broad Institute, as it certainly is very broad in scope. It provides over 100 modules to help analyze genetic data, particularly those obtained from large-scale gene-expression analyses like microarrays. The modules are grouped into categories such as annotation, clustering, flow cytometry, image creators (make your very own microarray heat map), SNP analysis, and proteomics. (If that didn’t whet your appetite for this site, then I don’t know what will!) GenePattern is free to download, but it can also be used online. All that is required is (free) registration. There is plenty of user support, including video tutorials and a step-by-step user’s guide. Additionally, the website has a user-friendly interface. Before you know it, you’ll be well on your way to the next major breakthrough in genomics!

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