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Nature Clarifies Role in GEML Community; Denies it Endorses Standard

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.

The announcement prompted the Microarray Gene Expression Database Group to send a letter to the journal stating that the Microarray Markup Language, which the MGED supports, has wider support in academia and industry.

Nathan noted that Nature joined the GEML community as a means to " participate actively in the development of standards and the development of GEML itself." He said that the journal is " in communication" with both the GEML and MAML communities.

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