The External RNA Controls Consortium: a progress report

Nat Methods. 2005 Oct;2(10):731-4. doi: 10.1038/nmeth1005-731.


Standard controls and best practice guidelines advance acceptance of data from research, preclinical and clinical laboratories by providing a means for evaluating data quality. The External RNA Controls Consortium (ERCC) is developing commonly agreed-upon and tested controls for use in expression assays, a true industry-wide standard control.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Gene Expression Profiling / standards*
  • Guidelines as Topic
  • Humans
  • Mice
  • Oligonucleotide Array Sequence Analysis / standards*
  • Quality Control
  • RNA, Messenger / analysis*
  • Rats


  • RNA, Messenger