One of the world’s largest professional engineering societies has entered the often-contentious world of bioinformatics standards, and hopes it can succeed in an area where numerous others have failed.

The IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) recently kicked off an effort to formalize several grassroots standards projects in the bioinformatics community. While the initiative is still in its early days, a nascent working group has proposed a broad framework for the effort that it has dubbed P 1953.

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