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Publication Date: 2009-Jul-21
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Method for Data management in microarray designing and

management system

The present invention relates, in general to microarray designing. More specifically, the present invention relates to management of data in a microarray designing and management system.

A microarray designing and management system enables a user to create and maintain custom microarray designs at a service provider location. The user may login to his account with the service provider through a service provider web portal. The user may then use the various services offered by the service provider to obtain a custom microarray design. An example of such a microarray designing and management system is eArray provided by Agilent Technologies. EArray enables the user to design microarrays through a web design application. The user may use eArray’s probe ID/sequence dataset to produce a microarray design with desired specifications. In a scenario where the user is not able to find a desired probe ID/sequence pair in the eArray library, he may upload a self-designed probe to fabricate the custom microarray. Subsequently, the user may order for printing the microarray.

A method for data management in a microarray designing and management system is provided. A user probe ID/sequence pair is read from a work group data. The read user probe ID/sequence pair is compared with service provider probe IDs/sequence pairs. If the read user probe ID/sequence pair is found to be same as one of the service provider probe IDs/sequence pairs, the user probe ID/sequence pair is deleted from the work group data. The deleted probe ID/sequence pair is replaced with a reference to the service provider probe ID/sequence pair. In an embodiment of the present invention, content stored in the work group data that has not been used to submit an order for microarray to the service provider is determined. The content that is older than a pre-defined period of time, such as 6 months may be marked for deletion. Simultaneously, a notification is sent to the users to update the content within a time-frame, failing to do which the content is permanently deleted from the system. Deleting the user probe ID/ sequence pair and the unused content frees up memory, thereby eradicating the storage space problem.

FIG. 1 is a schematic diagram illustrating a microarray designing and management system 100 (hereinafter referred to as system 100), in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention. System 100 includes a service provider domain 102, and work groups such as a work group 104a, a workgroup 104b, and so forth. Service provider domain 102 includes a service provider catalog 106 and a high definition probe database 108. Work group 104a includes user profiles such as a user profile 110a, a user profile 110b, and a user profile 110c and a work group data 112.

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