IT specialist from France. Over 2 years he has been developing DArTsoft, the data extraction and data analysis software, which is used by DArT to obtain the polymorphic marker scores. His image analysis skills were put to the test, when we were designing an efficient tool to process images of hybridised microarrays of varying quality and extract from them the relevant numerical data. He also coded the algorithms for polymorphism detection and scoring. Cyril went back to Europe in April 2005. After working for imaging company Agfa in Belgium, he took off to Brazil to participate in IT projects on natural resource management in the Amazons. Now he is back in Europe – or most likely traveling somewhere else – Cyril’s and Karen’s site is “http://karenetcyril.free.fr/