The commercial bioinformatics sector is keeping a close eye on a new initiative underway at the National Cancer Institute's Cancer Biomedical Informatics Grid project, which aims to enable external developers to label their software as "caBIG compatible."

While some vendors view the program as a potential shortcut to a burgeoning end-user market in the cancer research community, others remain unconvinced of the commercial benefits of caBIG compatibility.

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