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Microarray and sequencing data analysis now available in a single package
Illumina Inc. has introduced GenomeStudio Software, a primary analysis software program designed to analyze both microarray and sequencing data. For researchers, GenomeStudio Software enables the correlation of biological variation across multiple applications and graphical display of the results. The flexibility of GenomeStudio Software also allows researchers to integrate with third-party software providers for advanced downstream analysis. In addition to algorithms for copy number variation detection, single-nucleotide polymorphism calling and differential analysis, GenomeStudio Software contains tools for visualizing sequencing data that are fueled by a new and expanded version of Illumina's Genome Analyzer Analysis Pipeline. A new processing module known as CASAVA (Consensus Assessment of Sequence and Variation) allows users to detect sequence variants from one or more Genome Analyzer sequencing runs. These new features allow users to align reads directly to sequences representing processed RNAs, and identify and quantify genes, exons and splice junctions. Results are imported directly into GenomeStudio Software for visual and graphical analysis. Advanced analysis of data can be completed using a growing number of third-party analysis applications.