The R/Bioconductor package beadarray allows raw data from Illumina experiments to be read and stored in convenient R classes. Users are free to choose between various methods of image processing, background correction and normalization in their analysis rather than using the defaults in Illumina's; proprietary software. The package also allows quality assessment to be carried out on the raw data. The data can then be summarized and stored in a format which can be used by other R/Bioconductor packages to perform downstream analyses. Summarized data processed by Illumina's; BeadStudio software can also be read and analysed in the same manner.
Availability: The beadarray package is available from the Bioconductor web page at www.bioconductor.org. A user's guide and example data sets are provided with the package.