Fluorescent Allele-calling Software Toolkit: Microsatellite Automation Package


CMU SCS Genome Group

Mark W. Perlin
See-Kiong Ng
Nandita Mukhopadhyay
Lillian Markind Bloch

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Current version: v1.04b (21 April 1997)
Last revised: 01 August 1997 (11:30am EST)

Important Notice

The FAST-MAP beta release ran from July 1, 1996 to July 31, 1997. In that year, our group alone ran roughly 500 contributed gels. The successes were many, including over 150 Pharmacia gels accurately scored within a two week period, and fully automated scoring of ABI/XL gels.

To support and extend this unique intelligent software beyond its limited academic life, the developers have initiated the TrueAllele(TM) Technology. The idea is to pass a ten-fold cost savings in allele calling on to the knowledgeable genetics community.

This CMU site will no longer be supported.

Please visit the new Cybergenetics site for more information. If you have any questions, please send email to

Thank you,
Mark W. Perlin, Ph.D., M.D., Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer, Cybergenetics, Inc.


Welcome to the FAST-MAP website of the Genome Group in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University.

FAST-MAP is a pattern recognition computer program that largely eliminates the key bottleneck currently precluding fully automated genotyping of microsatellite markers -- scoring the alleles. Genetic analysis is useful for localizing genes, diagnosing disease, monitoring cancer, identifying individuals, and assessing genetic risk.

The FAST-MAP software is in its preliminary beta release phase, and should not yet be used for automated genotyping. The FAST-MAP software at this site will be updated frequently, as testing and refinement with our beta testers proceeds. Please check weekly for new releases (use the date of the README file to monitor updates).

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Download FAST-MAP

FAST-MAP contains a number of reported flaws that make it unsuitable for production genotyping. While we are repairing these flaws, the program is temporarily unavailable.

Note that use of FAST-MAP or any other software that incorporates the TrueAllele(tm) Technology is protected by U.S. patents, and requires a licence from Cybergenetics. For a demo version of the TrueAllele(tm) Technology, please contact Cybergenetics.

Thank you,
Mark W. Perlin, Ph.D., M.D., Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer, Cybergenetics, Inc.

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What's New in FAST-MAP

New features in FAST-MAP v1.04b

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Frequently-asked Questions

We will be constantly adding to this section with your valuable input.
For regular FAST-MAP users:

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Tutorials and related websites

Here are some tutorials to get started:

And here are some FAST-MAP related websites:

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