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What are the Affymetrix GeneChip Operating Software (GCOS) and Affymetrix GCOS Server Software (GCOS Server) products?

The Affymetrix GeneChip Operating Software (GCOS) is an operating system software that controls Affymetrix instruments, acquires data, and executes gene expression analysis. In addition, GCOS contains an embedded database that manages both experiment information and data. Stratagene® Array Assist Lite, Affymetrix GeneChip Sequence Analysis Software (GSEQ), Affymetrix GeneChip Genotyping Analysis Software (GTYPE), Affymetrix GeneChip Targeted Genotyping Analysis Software (GTGS) use data from the GCOS Database for gene expression cluster/statistical analysis, sequencing analysis and genotyping data analysis, respectively.

GCOS desktop version (client) can be conveniently upgraded to GCOS Server. With GCOS Server, customers benefit from increased systems flexibility, streamlined user interface integration, enhanced automation, and robust data handling and security. Using either an Oracle or SQL based server, researchers can perform a variety of data management tasks and data queries. Plus, extensive security features are available to allow users secure access to their data.