High correlations were obtained between probes in seemingly unrelated probe sets, following an examination of the data from thousands of Affymetrix GeneChips. Investigation revealed that these unexpected correlations were between probes that were adjacent to high-valued probes. Using carefully selected probes, together with simple linear models, the extent of blur has been measured for each CEL file. The cause is shown to be attributable to poorly performing scanners. Blur can result in the doubling of the values of thousands of probes. This in turn can lead to the doubling of the expression level for hundreds of probe sets.
SAGMB publishes significant research on the application of statistical ideas to problems arising from computational biology. The range of topics includes linkage mapping, association studies, gene finding and sequence alignment, protein structure prediction, design and analysis of microarrary data, molecular evolution and phylogenetic trees, DNA topology, and data base search strategies.