NEW YORK, Dec 22 - While the Nature Publishing Group has joined Rosetta Inpharmatics's Gene Expression Markup Language Community, the journal " is not taking sides or picking any standard over another," a Nature spokesman said Friday.

" Nature hasn't adopted the language for its authors or reviewers," said Richard Nathan, Nature's director of business development.

This clarification of Nature's role in the GEML community came in response to Rosetta's recent public relations campaign, which claimed the journal " officially endorses" the GEML standard.

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