The US Food and Drug Administration plans to issue a preliminary list of genes that are common to the three leading microarray platforms — Affymetrix’s GeneChips, Agilent Technologies’ microarrays, and Amersham’s CodeLink — some time this summer, Karol Thompson of the FDA told BioArray News this week.

Last week, Gene Logic of Gaithersburg, Md., delivered a CD-ROM to the FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research containing data derived from the company’s library of gene-expression studies of rat liver — a collaborative project initiated in August.

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