As a first step in familiarizing itself with the nuances of microarray data, the FDA’s Office of Testing and Research has embarked upon two separate gene expression database projects. One, in collaboration with Iconix, will introduce FDA reviewers to the basics of microarray data via the company’s DrugMatrix toxicogenomics database. A second project, with Schering-Plough and Affymetrix services provider Expression Analysis, will create an internal “mock submission” database for gene expression data.

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