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Publication Date: 2009-Jul-21
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system for PUBLISHishing custom microarrays over network

The present invention relates, in general, to custom microarrays. More specifically, the present invention relates to a system for publishing and commercializing custom microarrays.

Currently, various websites provide facilities to users and researchers to create microarrays, also referred to as custom microarrays. These websites maintain a vast database of various probe designs, gene sequences, and custom microarrays, and the like, which helps a user to create a microarray based on his/her requirements. However, most of the available websites do not enable the user to publish the custom microarray on the Internet. In other words, the user has no means to share the custom microarray with other users.

Since the users cannot share their custom microarrays with other users, the custom microarray gets restricted to the creator and other users might have to create the same microarray again. Thus, there is a high possibility that latest developments or findings may not reach most researchers in time. Further, creating the same microarray again without any knowledge of the existing ones available with other researchers may be a time-consuming process.

The user must also be given an opportunity to commercialize his/her new custom microarray designs. An exemplary means to promote the custom microarray is through advertising on the website. However, such a feature is not available on such websites.

The present invention provides a system to enable users to publish their custom microarrays in addition to creating it. The system further facilitates a user to commercialize the custom microarray. In various embodiments of the invention, the system is a website hosted on a network. The system includes a searching module, a publishing module, an uploading module, an ordering module, and a display module. The searching module enables the user to search various pre-stored microarrays in databases. Thereafter, the publishing module enables the user to make the custom microarrays public. The uploading module facilitates the user to upload the public custom microarrays over the network. Thus, whenever any user over the network wishes to search for similar custom microarrays matching his/her requirements, the searching module enables the user to search for the custom microarrays that have already been made public with the system. Subsequently, the ordering module enables the user to order the custom microarrays that match their requirements. In various embodiments of the invention, the searching module, the publishing module, the uploading module, and the ordering module interact with the display module to display various Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs) to the user.

FIG. 1 depicts a block diagram depicting an environment 100 in which various embodiments of the invention may...