DENVER--The Life Sciences Research task force of the Object Management Group, a consortium of industry and academia representatives that is developing bioinformatics software standards, requested proposals from its members for new standards on gene expression analysis, entity identification, and chemical structure formats at its March 6-10 meeting here. The developments followed the group's adoption in February of its first two standards for sequence analysis and genomic mapping software. Vendors involved in the coalition have one year to produce products based on the standards. Public domain implementations will be developed as well.
Other news from the recent meeting included the European Bioinformatics Institute's submission of a bibliographic query standard and the US National Institute of Standards and Technology's submission of a macromolecular structure standard.